Prince Charles and Camilla to spend Victoria Day in P.E.I.

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on April 11, 2014

Britain's Prince Charles along with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall

©Associated Press photo

Victoria Day will have an added royal touch this year when Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visit the Island as part of their trip to Canada.

The official dates for the tour were announced Friday and the royal couple will be in P.E.I. May 19 and 20, which will include Victoria Day.

In a news release, Premier Robert Ghiz said the province was delighted to be included in the royal couple’s tour this year as P.E.I. celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.

“The royal tour is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the history, natural beauty, vibrant culture and people of our province,” he said.

During their stop in P.E.I. the royals will visit Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall.

Islanders will have several opportunities to see Charles and Camilla, including Charlottetown’s Victoria Day celebrations and fireworks.

Few other details about their trip to P.E.I. were released Friday, but their visit to the Island will fall between stops in Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

The couple will spend May 18 and 19 in Nova Scotia and May 20 and 21 in Winnipeg.

While in Nova Scotia the couple will have an official welcome to Canada at the Grand Parade in Halifax on May 19.

In Manitoba they will visit Assiniboine Park and the provincial legislature.

Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announced the tour dates and in a news release she invited Canadians to join in the royal tour celebrations.

“The 2014 Royal Tour of their royal highnesses will not only highlight Canada’s achievements and our shared heritage, but will also look to the future of Canada and how we will continue together to build a country that is the envy of the world.”

Charles last visited P.E.I. in 1983 and it will be Camilla’s first time in the province.

In 2011, the royal family was front and centre when William and Kate spent two days in P.E.I. as part of their first official visit to Canada after their marriage.

William and Kate crammed a lot of activity into their short visit, including a water bird training exercise in a Sea King helicopter and a dragon boat race on Dalvay Lake, along with a few public appearances that drew thousands of people.

Charles and Camilla were in Canada in May 2012 when they visited New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

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