Prince Charles and Camilla finalize plans for their Canadian tour


With Prince Charles and Camilla’s trip to Canada just weeks away, some of the details of the royal couple’s itinerary have been released.

The trip is part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration. Heritage Canada is hosting a technical briefing for journalists on the trip at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The department says tour itinerary details are subject to change.

May 17

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will land in St. John’s on May 17.

A formal welcome ceremony will be held with Indigenous leaders at the Confederation Building, where the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly meets. The ceremony will include traditional songs and stories from the province, an Inuktitut prayer, Innu drumming and Mi’kmaq music.

The couple will then visit Government House, the official residence of the province’s Lieutenant Governor. The two will participate in a time of reflection and prayer at the property’s Heart Garden, planted in memory of all the Indigenous children lost to the residential school system, those who survived and their families.

Charles will then meet with a representative from Campaign for Wool Canada – an initiative launched during the couple’s trip to Canada in 2014 aimed at raising awareness of the natural benefits of wool and its sustainability. Similar initiatives have been launched in other countries.

He will also participate in a knitting circle with a century-old non-profit organization, NONIA.

The couple will unveil a bronze marker at the start of the new Commonwealth Gateway at Government House.

The day will end at Quidi Vidi Village with stops at Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studio, a harbor walk, talks with local residents and a visit to a micro-brewery.

They will then depart St. John’s for Ottawa, where they will be greeted and greeted by dignitaries.

May 18

On May 18, Charles will be invested as Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit by Governor General Mary Simon, alongside the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

It will mark the 50th anniversary of the Order, established in 1972 to recognize the distinctive merit and exceptional service of those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Shortly after, at the National War Memorial, the royal duo will participate in a wreath laying ceremony and a moment of silence.

They will then meet with members and organizations of the Ukrainian Canadian community and the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales watch Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill during a three-day official visit to Canada in 2017. This year’s visit will span two provinces and one territory. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Prince and Duchess will visit a primary school to talk about the importance of literacy and speak to parents of pupils new to the country.

Afterwards, they will attend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, pass through the RCMP stables and watch a special show.

Charles will also visit participants from Prince’s Trust Canada, which supports veterans and youth as they embark on green jobs. He will speak to a group of Canadian speakers on the importance of sustainable finance in the fight against climate change.

To wrap up the afternoon, Charles will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall.

In the evening, Charles will meet the Governor General again before attending a reception.

May 19

On Thursday, the couple will say goodbye to Ottawa and head to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where they will be greeted by dignitaries.

They will visit Dettah, a Dene First Nation community near the capital, where they will be greeted by Indigenous leaders from across the territory with an opening prayer, a drumming circle and a fire-fueling ceremony. Charles will then speak to local chiefs and elders while Camilla visits Kaw Tay Whee School to learn about its programming and efforts to preserve Indigenous languages.

The Prince will meet the Canadian Rangers to mark the organization’s 75th anniversary.

Camilla will visit a transition house that offers services to women fleeing violence.

At a meeting about how climate change is affecting the Northwest Territories, Charles will speak with local experts on the Dettah Ice Road, which connects Yellowknife and Dettah during the colder months.

Finally, at the nearby Heritage Centre, visiting Royals will meet local food producers to discuss innovative ways to overcome the environmental challenges of the northern food industry.

They will also discuss Treaty 11, its history and its heritage. The treaty was signed between the First Nations and the Canadian government in the early 1920s.

They will attend a demonstration of traditional Inuit sports and learn about crafts before heading to the Ceremonial Circle, a gathering place for the inhabitants of the territory. As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebration, there will be a flag raising, a display of plants and flowers, and a plaque unveiling.

The royal couple will then depart, accompanied by dignitaries and a departure guard.