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Nova Scotia readies for Royal Tour

Nova Scotians who wish to see Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in person will have the opportunity to attend a number of public events on Monday May 19th in Halifax Regional Municipality and Pictou.

Governor General David Johnston, Premier Stephen McNeil and other dignitaries will officially welcome Prince Charles and The Duchess at Grand Parade, Halifax at 10am on Monday. There will be a 21 gun salute, a guard of honour from the Canadian Armed Forces, an aboriginal blessing and a band and choir performance.

The official party and The Prince of Wales will say a few words before the royal couple lay a wreath at the cenotaph and sign a guest book. The couple will then perform a walkabout. This will be the only time that The Prince of Wales will give remarks during his stay in the province.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Canada in 2009.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Canada in 2009.

The Premier is quoted as saying, “We are honoured that Their Royal Highnesses will be visiting our province as part of their 2014 tour. I encourage Nova Scotians to join us to officially welcome the royal couple and celebrate our diverse culture, heritage and traditions”.

The Prince of Wales will tour the public gardens, where he will learn about the history of the gardens and their role in the city. He will also be informed about the restoration of the Jubilee fountain within the gardens.

The Prince will attend a bandstand concert, and meet members of the Dahlia Society and other groups. A set of coins will also be presented to The Prince to honour the 75th anniversary of the 1939 Royal Tour; the coins will be presented by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Northbrook Community Centre where she will have a private meeting with a family who have benefited from Alice Housing Programs. The Duchess will then proceed to a community barbecue, and embark on a walkabout during family fun day celebrations.

The last stop of the day for the royal couple will be to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market where they will both tour the market and meet with vendors, a youth farmer and young entrepreneurs. Local artists and urban farming groups will treat the couple to a series of performances before they move on to Pier 21 to meet with war brides and veterans.

Premier McNeil said, “We have an exciting Victoria Day planned for the royal couple. I am sure The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will thoroughly enjoy the program and warm welcome to our province.”

The Nova Scotia tour will conclude with a celebration at the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, hosted by the Canadian Government. The Ship Hector will be the backdrop for musical performances, a tour of the museum and a plaque unveiling.

After the events in Pictou, the royal couple will leave for Prince Edward Island before wrapping up the entire tour in Manitoba on May 21st.

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