The Royal Couple will visit five communities in Nunavut, Ontario and Canada's Capital Region during the 2017 Royal Tour to Canada
OTTAWA, May 25, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today released the cities and dates for the 2017 Royal Tour to Canada. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut, on June 29; Canadian Forces Base Trenton and Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario, on June 30; and Ottawa and Gatineau in Canada's Capital Region on July 1.
To celebrate this special anniversary, The Prince and The Duchess will participate in activities that highlight the four themes of Canada 150: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, young people and the environment.
Their Royal Highnesses will participate in the following public events:
– The official welcoming ceremony to Canada and a community feast in Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, both in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on June 29
– A community gathering at the Wellington Farmers' Market in Prince Edward Country, Ontario, on June 30
– The celebration on Parliament Hill to mark Canada 150 on July 1
The full itinerary will be released before the start of the Tour.
"We are pleased to have Their Royal Highnesses in Canada at such an important moment in our history. The Royal Couple will have the opportunity to meet and connect with Canadians who are making a difference in their communities and building a lasting legacy for Canada's future. This trip will showcase our diversity, the beauty of Canada's environment, efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the achievements of our dynamic youth."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
This will be the 18th visit to Canada for The Prince of Wales and the 4th for The Duchess of Cornwall.
This will be the first official visit to Nunavut by The Royal Couple; however, His Royal Highness visited Iqaluit, then part of the Northwest Territories, in 1970. In addition, he has also visited the Northwest Territories and Yukon in 2001, 1979 and 1975.
Excluding the Capital Region, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited cities and communities in Ontario in 2012 and 2009. The Prince of Wales also visited Ontario in 1996, 1991 and 1970.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill for the first time.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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