05/18/2012

Expect a tamer visit by Charles and Camilla than Will and Kate's 2011 tour

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Premier Dalton McGuinty welcomes Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in November, 2009, during a visit to Toronto.

Itinerary

Here is an itinerary of a three-day tour of Canada by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

Sunday, May 20:

7:45 p.m. AT — Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in New Brunswick at Saint John Airport.

Monday:

10:30 a.m. — Arrive at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick to participate in an official arrival ceremony that includes a royal salute, an inspection of the guard of honour, a 21-gun salute and a speech by Prince Charles.

11:05 a.m. — Visit the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur program at CFB Gagetown where the royal couple meet with military personnel enrolled in the project, which helps them start and grow their own businesses.

11:25 a.m. — Meeting with families of soldiers who have died.

11:45 a.m. — Government of Canada reception at CFB Gagetown.

1:10 p.m. — Arrive in Saint John, N.B., for heritage tour of Prince William Street.

1:25 p.m. — Arrive at Old Post Office Building for Canadian citizenship ceremony.

2:10 p.m. — Arrive at Marco Polo Cruise Terminal for Victoria Day celebration, including displays of local crafts, farm produce and choral presentations.

3:10 p.m.— Arrive at Hazen White-St. Francis School for a tour and to join in the school's fun day activities in the playground.

4:30 p.m. — Depart Saint John Airport for Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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(Prince Charles, at right, is joined by chef Jamie Kennedy at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto in November, 2009.)

5:10 p.m. — Administrative arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

9:10 p.m. — Arrive at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto for Victoria Day fireworks display and to meet with members of Ontario's emergency services and their families.

Tuesday:

10:10 a.m. — Arrive at Queen's Park in Toronto for Lieutenant Governor's Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony and reception.

11:05 a.m. — Prince Charles arrives at Ryerson University for Digital Media Zone event where he meets students and young entrepreneurs who have benefited from the project.

11:05 a.m. — The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at Moss Park Armoury for her inaugural visit as colonel-in-chief of The Queen's Own Rifles.

12:05 p.m. — Prince Charles arrives at Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village and meeting with Olympic and Paralympic medal winners and athletes.

12:45 p.m. — Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a Government of Ontario reception at the historic Distillery District.

1:50 p.m. — Prince Charles arrives at Yonge Street Mission for the Prince's Charities Canada event.

3:30 p.m. — Prince Charles meets with representatives of the Assembly of First Nations at the Royal York Hotel.

6 p.m. — The royal couple arrive at Fort York Armoury for an event that commemorates the War of 1812.

8:15 p.m. — Depart Toronto Pearson International Airport for Regina International Airport.

Regina

9 p.m. CT — Administrative arrival at Regina International Airport.

Wednesday:

11 a.m. — Arrive at the Saskatchewan legislature in Regina for official arrival ceremony, presentation of six Diamond Jubilee medals to recognize outstanding service to the province and unveiling of a plaque to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

12:15 p.m. — Arrive at Government House to visit a Diamond Jubilee exhibit and attend the lieutenant governor's reception.

1:30 p.m. — Arrive at First Nations University to watch aboriginal performances and meet with aboriginal youths, entrepreneurs and graduates.

2:45 p.m. — Prince Charles arrives at Ground Effects Environmental Services to view the water treatment and ground remediation facility.

3:55 p.m. — Prince Charles has a private audience with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

4:30 p.m. — Prince Charles has a private audience with Gov.-Gen. David Johnston.

7:10 p.m. —The royal couple arrive at the RCMP Depot for a concert by the Regina Symphony Orchestra and a reception where the prime minister and Prince Charles are scheduled to make remarks.

8:50 p.m. — Arrive at Regina International Airport for official farewell ceremony.

 


Here's a story by Melanie Patten at The Canadian Press on the upcoming visit by Prince Charles and Camilla.

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Prince Charles and Camilla are seen in Victoria, B.C. in November, 2009.

Canada, refine your curtsy and practise your bow. Another royal visit is upon us.

But unlike Prince William and Kate's whirlwind, hands-on tour as newlyweds last year, there is no need to brush up on dragon boating or street hockey.

Royal watchers say the arrival Sunday of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, in New Brunswick will mark the start of a decidedly more subdued and traditional itinerary to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"The youth of William and Kate and the novelty of this newly married couple and all the excitement that went along with the wedding is a very different thing," Barry MacKenzie, a spokesman for the Monarchist League of Canada, said in an interview.

"It's no less enthusiastic but perhaps more sedated, for lack of a better word."

(Here are some posts from our archives on William and Kate's visit.)

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Prince William tries his hand at street hockey during a visit to Yellowknife in July, 2011.

Observers say there are several reasons why the four-day sojourn, which also includes stops in Toronto and Regina, features more of the traditional royal fare: walkabouts, fireworks displays, and meet-and-greets with military personnel.

For one, Charles, 63, is no longer a young man in his 30s. It will also be his 16th visit to Canada and his second since 2009 with the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to North America last summer came on the heels of their lavish, fairy-tale wedding and at the height of their star power. Whether it was in Charlottetown or Los Angeles, the couple was greeted by the kind of fanfare and commotion typically reserved for Hollywood A-listers.

Girls swooned at the sight of a real prince and women gushed over Kate's fashion sense while some 1,400 international journalists documented their every move.

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William and Kate get a warm greeting on Parliament Hill July 1, 2011.

Headlines remarked on the couple's informal attitude, their outward affection for each other, their willingness to mingle freely with crowds, and their desire to participate in non-traditional events, including facing off in a dragon boat race and playing street hockey.

As newlyweds, their visit was a coming out of sorts before the entire world. Charles and Camilla's tour, however, is meant to focus on the Queen's service to the Commonwealth over six decades, said Rafal Heydel-Mankoo, a royal commentator based in the U.K.

"This tour in Canada is not going to be the celebrity glam tour that we saw with Prince William and Catherine," he said from London.

"Instead, we're going to see a focusing on all those initiatives and projects which aren't fashionable but which the monarchy supports."

Heydel-Mankoo said the decision to send the future king to Canada as part of the Diamond Jubilee festivities speaks volumes of the Royal Family's affection for the country.

"Canada has a very, very strong connection with the Royal Family," he said. "They would never say so in public, but I think secretly it's their favourite realm after the U.K."

Charles and Camilla are set to arrive in New Brunswick on Sunday evening. Their official welcome, replete with a 21-gun salute, is scheduled for the following morning at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.

The royal couple will meet with members of the military and attend a reception with Gov. Gen. David Johnston before heading to Saint John for a walking tour. They will also take in a citizenship ceremony and Victoria Day celebrations before departing New Brunswick for Toronto on Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Charles will meet with students at Ryerson University before he and Camillia attend a Diamond Jubilee celebration hosted by Premier Dalton McGuinty. Charles will also meet with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations.

The couple's final day in Regina will include a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Heydel-Mankoo said he expects Charles will make many more trips to Canada in the future to give newer generations a chance to know him better.

The prince is already highly regarded in the U.K., he said.

He said Charles successfully emerged from bad press in the 1980s and 1990s and the collapse of his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, to become "a renaissance man." Deeply spiritual and reflective, Charles is dedicated to issues of sustainable living, education and helping disadvantaged youths, he said.

As for his relationship with Camilla, royal historian Carolyn Harris said it is one of mutual respect.

Camilla was once vilified as an old flame who poisoned Charles's first marriage to Diana, but the 64-year-old duchess is now considered an integral member of the Royal Family.

Harris said observers will note the public relationship between Charles and Camilla shares similarities with that of William and Kate.

"Diana attracted an enormous amount of attention and, to a certain degree at the time, she upstaged her husband and that created tensions within their marriage," Harris said from Toronto.

"Whereas we see with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall the degree to which they compliment each other as a couple."

Heydel-Mankoo agrees.

"They have a wonderful working relationship. He's very much the ying to her yang," he said.

"There's just a nice, warm happy glow when they're together."

If William and Kate were responsible for reigniting Canada's interest in the monarchy, MacKenzie said Charles and Camilla — and the pomp and ceremony people have come to expect from royal visits —will keep that flame alight.

"There's a little something for everyone of all ages and persuasions in monarchy," he said. "That's what makes it so continually appealing."


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