Prince Charles and Camilla visit Canada House before the tour
The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are preparing for a grueling tour of Canada, which will see them travel more than 2,000 miles across the country from May 16-19. One of their commitments will see work done for Canada through the recognition and honor of Prince Charles.
During a meeting with Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, on May 18, the heir to the throne will be invested as Commander Extraordinary of the Order of Military Merit.
The Canadian Order of Military Merit is the second highest order administered by the governor on behalf of the sovereign of the country, the Queen.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Order, born to recognize the distinctive merit and exceptional service of those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Shortly after this new investiture of the Prince of Wales, Charles and Camilla will lay a wreath at the National War Museum in Ottawa.
Prince Charles will receive a new honorary title during his three-day tour of Canada next week
The children wished a ‘bon voyage’ to the royal family at Canada House
Prince Charles already holds honorary military ranks in Canada, serving as a vice-admiral in the Canadian Navy as well as a lieutenant-general in the country’s army and air force.
He also holds three military titles in New Zealand and a range of ranks in the UK – including Fleet Admiral in the Royal Navy, Field Marshal in the British Army and Field Marshal in the Royal Air Force.
As the Queen’s firstborn, he will inherit from his mother the role of head of the armed forces of the United Kingdom and all overseas kingdoms when he takes the throne.
Prince Charles and Camilla’s trip to Canada is one of many overseas tours undertaken this year to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
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Prince Charles and Camilla at Canada House
This visit is particularly delicate, as it will also feature a “solemn time of reflection and prayer” at the Heart Garden on the grounds of Government House to remember and honor the Indigenous victims of the residential school system in Canada.
Chris Fitzgerald, Prince Charles’ Deputy Private Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, said: “Their Royal Highnesses will first participate in a solemn moment of reflection and prayer in the Heart Garden, in the grounds of Government House , with Indigenous leaders and community members in a spirit of reconciliation.
“Heart Gardens is in memory of all the Indigenous children who were lost to the residential school system, in recognition of those who survived and the families of both.”
Ahead of their poignant tour, Charles and Camilla visited Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London on May 12.
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There, they were welcomed by Ralph Goodale, High Commissioner of Canada to Great Britain, and his wife Pamela, and showered with affection by the children of the embassy who wished them “bon voyage”.
Speaking of the enduring ties between Canada and the UK, Mr Goodale said: “Next week, Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Canada for a platinum royal visit, marking Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service to Canada.
“This visit to Canada House in London is the launch and a wide range of Canadians from across the royal realm are here, Your Royal Highnesses, to accompany you on your journey, to wish you good luck, to pay their respects to Her Majesty, and to say ” thank you” for his unparalleled dedication.”
He added: “It is typical of this wonderful sovereign that she wants her Jubilee to be a celebration of achievement and service to others.
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“In our case, it means recognizing what so many extraordinary Canadians have built, done and contributed over the past 70 years, from young people and business people, professionals, researchers, academics, scientists , artists, performers and public servants – we have many great Canadians with us today. »
During their visit, the royals also met Canadian artists, entrepreneurs, academics and politicians who have chosen to settle in the UK.
Arts-loving Charles and Camilla were also treated to a performance of the musical Come From Away, based on the true story of how a small community on Canada’s east coast coped when dozens of Planes were diverted to its airport in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Prince Charles, Camilla and Princess Anne attend a garden party on Wednesday
The engagement took place during a busy week for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess.
On May 10, Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech for the first time at the official opening of Parliament in place of his mother, who was unable to attend due to mobility issues.
The Prince of Wales also replaced his mother on May 11, when he attended with Camilla and Princess Anne the first garden party held at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic.