04/30/2012

Charles and Camilla set for fireworks show in Toronto

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Prince Charles and Camilla flip soda farls from the production line during their visit to the Irwin bread bakery in Northern Ireland last month. The couple will be visiting Canada May 20-23. (AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Charles and Camilla will be on a non-stop run through three provinces when they make their Diamond Jubilee tour stop in Canada.

Over four days, May 20-23, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornall will be making stops in Gagetown and St. John in New Brunswick, as well as Toronto and Regina.

Details of the tour -- Charles's 16th to Canada and the second for Camilla -- were announced Monday. They were last in Canada in 2009.

Here's the itinerary, just one of several Commonwealth visits the couple is making this year to help Queen Elizabeth celebrate her 60 years on the throne:

May 21: Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown and St. John, New Brunswick

May 21-22: Toronto

May 22-23: Regina

The Toronto stop will include:

- Victoria Day fireworks on May 21

- Meeting with chief executives and youth who have participated in The Prince’s Charities Seeing is Believing program in Canada

- Meeting with the National Leadership of Assembly of First Nations

- A visit by Camilla to the Queen’s Own Rifles, a regiment of which she has just become Colonel-in-Chief

- A military event that will commemorate the War of 1812.

In other Jubilee news, former prime minister Jean Chretien has been appointed by the Harper government to represent Canada on the advisory committee for the Diamond Jubilee Trust.

The trust, created in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign, will raise money for charities throughout the Commonwealth.

In making the announcement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted the Chretien has a 40-year relationship with the monarch and is a member of the Queen's Order of Merit.

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Canada Day Fireworks may be better

I'm afraid it will be the same as the last time these two darkened our shores - nobody will show up. They are unliked and monarchy has to learn that the divine right of kings has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Charles effectively gave up the throne when he married Camilla - in this day and age princes can't have their cake and eat it too - not when the overburdened taxpayer doesn't much like them.

Glad to hear that most Canadians aren't enamoured by 'those two.'
I respect that you are not so easily won over.
Though they are remarkably well-suited to each other.
Both are equally unappealing....

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