Today is the last day of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall’s four day tour of Canada. After arriving in Winnipeg last night, the Royal couple spent the day carrying out Royal engagements in the city. Between them, they carried out over twelve engagements. On Wednesday morning, Charles and Camilla, along with the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and his wife, visited Stevenson Hangar. When there, they attended the Aerospace and Aviation on Manitoba Day. The events which the pair witnessed are designed to introduce primary school students to the concepts of aviation.
Later in the day, the couple visited the Winnie the Pooh Gallery, at the Pavilion Gallery Museum. 2014 is the centennial of the birth of Winnie the Bear, a black bear at London Zoo, who was named after being born in Winnipeg. This bear inspired A. A. Milne’s popular children’s stories about Winnie the Pooh. The Prince and Duchess met with children who were taking part in a literacy class about Pooh Bear.
Afterwards, Prince Charles undertook a solo engagement at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, where he visited the Journey to Churchill exhibition. Journey to Churchill is a project undertaken to protect polar bears and other species affected by global warming. The Prince even had the chance to see a polar bear up close, as well as feed it.
While her husband was at the zoo, the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, which is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary. The ballet centre, which was founded in 1939, is the only one in the country to hold the title ‘Royal’, which was granted to it by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The Duchess met the Ballet’s dance students and viewed the centre’s costume workshop.
Later on, the Prince of Wales visited Place Bernadette Poirier, a charity started by Sara Riel Inc. to help those with mental illnesses, and Innovation Alley, a workshop supporting young entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators. Charles also attended the launch of ‘The Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network at Red River College and met with the Canadian Development and Design Community and representatives from The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. He also presented service medals to members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Whilst Charles was busy with this visit, Camilla carried out another solo engagement where she visited Assiniboine Credit Union, a programme started in 1943 to aid low-income families and local organisations which try and help at a community level. While in Winnipeg, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada respectively, will meet the members of their regiments. The Prince was created Colonel-in-Chief in 1978, while the Duchess received the title in 2010. Before Camilla, both Princess Alexandra and The Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, were the Colonel-in-Chief.
In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an investiture for the Order of Manitoba at the Manitoba Legislative Building, followed by an official farewell ceremony. Prince Charles will address the present Canadians, after which the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will bid farewell to Canada before departing for Britain.
Pictures with thanks to The Department of Canadian Heritage