As previously reported by Royal Central, The Princess Royal and Sir Timothy Laurence are set to tour Canada on the 10th and 11th of November. The Royal couple will visit Ottawa, and its neighbouring city, Gatineau (collectively known as the National Capital Region), where they will participate in a number of activities commemorating the wars fought by Canadian soldiers.
The tour’s theme is ‘Canada’s Heroes: A Celebration of Accomplishment and Pride’. During their visit, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy will attend the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. 75 years ago, the Memorial was unveiled by the Princess’ grandparents, Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, to mark the 25th anniversary of the First World War. Dedicated just 4 months before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Memorial honours the sacrifice of those members of the Canadian Armed Forces who laid down their life for their country.
Later, Her Royal Highness will meet Canadians who have done exceptional work in their community, as well as members of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. A keen horsewoman herself, Princess Anne is a patron of the organisation, which helps people with disabilities by providing them with therapy through horse riding.
Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Laurence will go to the Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial, on the site of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm in Ontario. The Battle was fought on 11th November, 1813, during the War of 1812, and resulted in the victory of the outnumbered British and Canadian forces over the American army. This victory forced the American’s to abandon the St Lawrence Campaign, and was a turning point in the war.
The Honourable Shelly Grover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Language, said about the Royal Tour: “I invite Canadians of all ages to learn more about the work of The Princess Royal in Canada and follow the Royal Tour this fall as we mark Canada’s Heroes: A Celebration of Canadian Accomplishment and Pride. Together, as we move ever closer to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, we will highlight and cherish those milestones that made us the strong, proud and free country we are today.”
This will be the seventh tour of Canada for Princess Anne, her most recent being in 2013 when she visited Barrie, Ontario. However, the Princess has only visited the National Capital Region three times previously, the last visit being in 1982.
The complete itinerary of the Royal Tour will be released shortly.