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Royal Couple’s Three-Day Tour of Canada Begins Today


Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

You’ll have to be on your toes if you want to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they’re whisked through Canada on their three-day royal visit that kicks off today and promises to be decidedly less exciting than last year’s royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka William and Kate).

The elder royal couple won’t spend more than 24 hours in any city and they are booked from dawn to dusk (and beyond) with official activities, ceremonies and tours.

Today in Saint John, New Brunswick, they’ll be greeted with a 21-gun salute at an official welcoming ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Gagetwon at 10:30 am. Afternoon highlights include a tour of historic Prince William Street, a citizenship ceremony and a citywide holiday celebration. Then it’s off to Toronto for Victoria Day fireworks.

Tuesday’s itinerary includes a tour of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone in Toronto, an inspection of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada at Moss Park and a visit to the Distillery Historic District.

Last stop in Canada is Regina, Saskatchewan, where their Royal Highnesses will visit First Nations University, watch an Aboriginal drum performance, tour a water-treatment plant, meet with Prime Minister Harper and attend a Regina Symphony Orchestra concert before saying farewell with another 21-gun salute at around 9 pm Wednesday.

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