THE PRINCE OF WALES and Duchess of Cornwall will begin a three-day tour of Canada that will see them celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The royal couple’s trip will highlight the four themes of Canada150: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, young people and the environment. Their visit will begin in Iqaluit, the remote capital city of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, which is close to the Arctic Circle.
Charles will learn about steps to preserve the Inuit language and receive a brief lesson in how to speak it and the local culture, while at a separate event the Duchess will be a guest at a women and wellness reception. The royal couple will then jointly attend a community feast at Sylvia Grinnell territorial park, where they will watch local performances, artists at work and join elders for tea and bannock, an Inuit flat bread. Highlights of the rest of the trip will see the royal couple commemorate the efforts of Canada’s armed forces during a visit to the settlement of Trenton on Friday.
The Prince will see a search and rescue demonstration while the Duchess, who is honorary Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada will meet officers and soldiers from the unit. On Saturday – Canada’s national day and a country-wide holiday – Ottawa is expected to be a sea of red and white, the national colours, for events on Parliament Hill attended by the royal couple.