Prince Charles and Camilla arrive in Canada for four day tour

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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla receive flowers from Miss Grace Elizabeth Lenihan, 3, and Miss Molly Jane Lenihan, 9, on their arrival in Halifax Sunday, May 18, 2014. The Royal couple begin a four-day tour of Canada. 

HALIFAX - Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Canada on Sunday to a low-key welcome from several Canadian dignitaries on the first leg of a four-day tour.

Charles and Camilla, wearing a cream and gold tweed coat with black gloves and carrying a Canadian black clutch bag given to her by a Canadian friend, were greeted by nearly two dozen dignitaries.

They included federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.

The royal couple spent a few moments shaking hands and Camilla was presented with a bouquet of pink and white flowers from Grace Elizabeth Lenihan, 3, and Molly Jane Lenihan,9, who are sisters from West Chezzetcook, N.S.

Both girls were wearing purple dresses with purple flowers in their hair.

The royal couple were then whisked away to Government House in downtown Halifax. They were to meet with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and attend a reception with local, national and international journalists who will trail the couple through three provinces this week.

It's Charles' first visit to Nova Scotia since 1983 and the first for the Duchess of Cornwall.

An official welcome ceremony will be held Monday outside Halifax's city hall, where Charles will make the first of four speeches planned for the tour, which includes stops in Pictou, N.S., the P.E.I. communities of Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall, as well as Winnipeg.

The theme for the tour _ the couple's second Canadian trip since 2012 _ is commemorating Canada's past and looking ahead to the future.

Later Monday, the Prince of Wales will plant an English oak tree in the city's Public Gardens, a tradition started 75 years ago by his grandfather King George VI.

The couple will visit historic Pier 21 and the Canadian Museum of Immigration, where they'll meet war brides and veterans of the Second World War. They'll also travel to the community of Pictou to learn about the province's Celtic roots before boarding an aircraft Monday evening bound for Charlottetown.

While in P.E.I.'s capital on Tuesday, the couple will visit the legislature and attend a youth parliament debate. Charles will also be honoured with a medal recognizing his contributions to Canada and deliver his second speech of the tour.

They'll then tour the city's arts centre guided by an actress playing Anne of Green Gables before flying to Winnipeg, where they will meet with children and learn about another famous cultural export: Winnie the Pooh.

Charles will also have the opportunity to feed a polar bear at a conservation facility in the Manitoba city _ the last stop of their visit.

The heir to the throne will deliver two more speeches in Winnipeg before he and Camilla close the book on another royal tour.

Organizations: Government House, Canadian Museum of Immigration

Geographic location: Canada, HALIFAX, Nova Scotia Winnipeg Pictou P.E.I. Charlottetown West Chezzetcook Bonshaw Public Gardens Green Gables Manitoba

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Recent comments

  • intobed
    May 19, 2014 - 13:34

    I see in Charlottetown they finally removed the "artwork" of eight rotting round hay bales from the outside of the Confederation Centre. My assumption is they would look pretty stupid to the visiting royals, so at least one good thing came from this visit! I hope such important "artwork" has not gone to waste, and the bales were moved to the living room of the "artist" who played this terrible prank on Charlottetown

  • Pei
    May 19, 2014 - 08:59

    Since the taxpayer is paying for this they have the right to say what they want!

    • Garth Staples
      May 19, 2014 - 16:05

      And how much did you pay? The Feds paid in full except for a few Island Entitlers.

    • Lesson in Economics
      May 19, 2014 - 17:34

      So the money the Federal Government Spends doesn't come from the tax payers??? Interesting.

    • intobed
      May 19, 2014 - 18:17

      Even if the taxpayer wasn't paying for this you still have the right to say what you want. Typical Cons are trying to stifle this (see Staples comment) but have not succeeded ... yet.

    • Pei
      May 19, 2014 - 18:21

      Garth if you can let the rest of us know how you can get away with not paying federal tax that would be great!? Should think before u post!

    • justin
      May 19, 2014 - 19:33

      Islanders need to ge through their heads that most of things they have in PEI is paid for the by the taxpayers from the rest of Canada. When Islander goes on about how their tax dollars paid for something it means they ONLY PAID HALF and in many cases even much less. Islanders don't get the same right to complain about things because they have not footed the whole bill for anything for at least 50 years.

    • Pei
      May 20, 2014 - 04:59

      Please fill the rest of us in on how you don't pay federal tax? Do a little thinking

  • davin
    May 19, 2014 - 08:58

    They help give the Island a unique identity and promote tourism. The Royals are a part of our heritage.

  • Pei ?
    May 19, 2014 - 07:38

    Since it's the taxpayer footing the bill for this , the taxpayer can express themselves however they wish!

  • Charlottetonian
    May 18, 2014 - 19:44

    Here's hoping Islanders are respectful on the Royal Visit. If you're not a supporter, stay away and let the rest of us enjoy their company. All it takes, is one nay-sayer/attention getter, who feels it necessary to voice their negative opinion in the presence of the Royals during the visit, and give all of PEI a black eye.

    • Mell
      May 18, 2014 - 22:58

      Our tax dollars should not be going to the likes of the royals visit when they feel like they need a vacation or to be stroked!! If they want to come to get their ego boosted, let them pay their own way!!!

    • Island Girl
      May 18, 2014 - 23:13

      I respectful and act like adults!

    • Garth Staples
      May 19, 2014 - 07:39

      The Royals help raise more money for charity then any group of citizens I know of. The Royals of course represent more than money. Their history and story have help build our country's institutions of justice, integrity, fairness and freedom to chose our governing representatives. Sorry Mel, you are in left field.

    • No Silver Spoons
      May 19, 2014 - 08:45

      I agree we should be respectful just like we should be respectful when anyone comes to visit or respectful of our neighbour down the street. Beyond that I find the whole concept of Royalty to be just plain wrong. We teach our kids that everyone is equal and should be treated equally and then we go make a big fuss over someone just because of what family they were born into. If they want respect go fight a fire or pull an injured person from a car accident or give a student some extra attention to help them understand math. And if they really wanted to get respect they could send a letter to the Government stating "We are still coming for a visit but we would be more than happy to pay our own way but since you have budgeted money for our vacation please use that money to help teenagers with addictions". Then they would really earn my respect.

    • To No Silver Spoons
      May 20, 2014 - 06:35

      Are you white? If so, how do you teach your kids that everyone is equal? You can't honestly tell me they are not treated better than kids who are not. White Privilege.

    • Bertie from AB
      May 20, 2014 - 06:37

      When islanders pay their share, and not rely on Alberta to pay their bills, they can complain about others not paying their way.