On Monday afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited Pictou, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the second day of their Canadian tour.
Pictou County is an area known for its strong and proud history. In the 1700’s and early 1800’s, Pictou was the landing point of Scottish immigrants after the Highland Clearances. The population of 3,500 pays respect to the area’s historical value with the town’s official slogan, “The Birthplace of New Scotland”.
During their visit to Pictou, Prince Charles and Camilla toured the Hector Heritage Quay, a replica of the ship Hector, and a museum dedicated to its history. The original Hector carried early settlers from Scotland to Nova Scotia, including the first group who landed on September 15, 1773.
The Hector Heritage Quay is operated by a group of over 60 volunteers. A tour of the ship also includes a display below deck which reflects the conditions that were endured by immigrants during their voyage across the Atlantic.
Monday’s afternoon was lively with a celebration of the area’s Scottish heritage during a Celtic concert of dancing and music. The Duchess wore a striking blue outfit with the traditional green tartan of Nova Scotia, thus honouring the Scottish history and culture of Nova Scotia.
Following their visit to Pictou, Their Royal Highnesses departed Trenton Airport to travel to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This was the first ever visit for The Duchess, whilst the first for Prince Charles since 1983.
There, the Royal Couple took part in celebrations of Victoria Day, which marks the birthday of Queen Victoria and unofficially denotes the beginning of summer in Canada. Displays of festivity include 21-gun salutes and extravagant fireworks. Interestingly, Canada is the only country to hold a holiday in Queen Victoria’s honour.
Additionally, this year the event commemorates 150 years since the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which initiated the creation of the Dominion of Canada. Prince Edward Island is thus known as the Cradle of Confederation.
Festivities will continue throughout the day tomorrow in Charlottetown, where the activities of Their Royal Highnesses will include attending a Youth Parliament, visiting Confederation Centre of the Arts Memorial Hall, and meeting with students of urban development and environmental sustainability at Holland College.
Photos with thanks to The Department of Canadian Heritage