The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have received a royal welcome in Canada as they arrived for their three-day visit to the country to mark the country’s 150th anniversary. The couple arrived in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut on Thursday and were greeted at the airport by Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife, Susan. An official welcoming ceremony took place at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, with tradition Inuit elements.
“Arriving here today brings back the happiest of memories chiefly because this is where I began my first visit to this great country almost 50 years ago,” the Prince of Wales said. He first visited the country in 1970, with The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne.
Prince Charles then joined a language preservation event, where he learnt about the efforts to preserve the Inuit language and was even taught a few phrases. The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Women and Wellness event, where she met with organisations who work to improve the lives of the female population in the Northwest Territories. They met up again for a final engagement in Iqaluit at the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.
On the second day of their visit, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall paid their respects to the 158 Canadian military personnel who died during the Afghan war and laid wreaths at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton. The Prince of Wales met with veterans who benefitted from the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur Initiative, which helps veterans start businesses. The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with her regiment, The Queen’s Own Rifles, of which she was made Colonel-in-Chief in 2014.
In the afternoon, the couple headed to Prince Edward County to visit the Wellington Farmer’s Market and Norman Hardie Winery. The Duchess of Cornwall met with a veteran, who had been held as a prisoner of war with the Duchess’s father at the end of the Second World War.
On the third and last day of the visit, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Ottawa and Gatineau for the official Canada Day celebrations.