The Princess Royal will begin her two day tour of the National Capital region when she arrives this afternoon. The Canadian Government have released the itinerary in advance of The Royal Party’s arrival:
Day One – Ottawa, Ontario
At 12:00 EST, The Princess accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, will arrive at Macdonald-Cartier International airport by Royal Canadian Air Force Challenger before moving onto Rideau Hall for the official Welcome to Canada ceremony.
Rideau Hall, which has been the official residence of the Canadian Monarch since 1867, is also the residence of the Governor General of Canada and consists of around 175 rooms.
The official ceremony will include full military honours including a 21-gun salute and the breaking of the Princess Anne’s Canadian Flag. The Princess will inspect a Guard of Honour which will be mounted by a composite of Her Majesty’s Canadian Armed Forces.
After the inspection, The Princess will address Canadians and, at around 14:00 EST, will follow the Canadian tradition of Royal Tours by planting a tree in the grounds of Rideau Hall.
The Royal Party will undertake a variety of engagements throughout the afternoon, including a tour of the National Military Cemetery, where The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Laurence will lay a wreath.
The Princess will then travel to the Canadian Police College where she will present long-service medals to members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The RCMP were instrumental in providing aid and security during the recent shootings in Ottawa where Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a military reservist in The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed by a Islamic extremist.
At approximately 16:00 EST, Her Royal Highness will unveil a plaque outside the British High Commission honouring Canadians from the First World War who were awarded the Victoria Cross.
Joining her husband, The Royal Party will also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ceremony at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. Recognising the outstanding service of young people across the globe, the Award was named after Princess Anne’s father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who founded it in 1956.
Later in the evening, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Laurence will meet this year’s ‘Silver Cross Mother’.
The National Memorial Silver Cross Mother is chosen annually by The Royal Canadian Legion to represent the mothers of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony which The Royal Party will attend tomorrow.
At 20:00 EST, The Princess Royal will address Canadians again at a dinner hosted by Their Excellencies Governor General and his wife, Mrs. Johnston.
Day Two – Ottawa and Morrisburg, Ontario
The Royal Party will begin Remembrance Day by meeting with members of the Royal Canadian Hussars, the first meeting with the Regiment since The Princess Royal became Colonel-in-Chief.
At the meeting, The Governor General will present Princess Anne with the third clasp of the Canadian Forces Decoration.
At 11:00 EST, Her Royal Highness and Vice Admiral Laurence will participate in the Official Remembrance Day Ceremony where The Princess will read a message from The Queen and lay a wreath.
The afternoon will see the Royal Party undertake separate engagements with The Princess Royal visiting the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where she will meet with members of the Canadian chapter of Save The Children.
The Princess has served as the President of Save The Children since 1970 and will be provided with an overview of Aboriginal youth issues as she meets volunteers and participants.
The Princess will then travel to the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre where she will meet with children, parents and volunteers and will view the children’s performance of drums and songs in Inuktitut.
Vice Admiral Laurence will tour the Battlefield of Crysler’s Farm in Morrisburg where he will lay a wreath and fire a cannon to honour the fallen.
The Vice Admiral will also view displays and meet with children in period costumes before observing historical re-enactments and discuss the battle with representatives of the Aboriginal community and participating regiments.
The Battle of Crysler’s Farm was fought on November 11th, 1813 and saw Aboriginal, Canadian and British forces repel a large invading American army and, despite being outnumbered, they won the field. The victory subsequently turned the tide of the war.
At 15:30 EST, The Princess Royal, in her capacity as Patron, will meet with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association at Wesley Clover Parks. The Association uses riding as to empower children and adults with disabilities.
Her Royal Highness with then meet with members of L’Arche, which is marking its 50th anniversary in 2014. Founded by Jean Vanier in 1964, the organisation provides a support network to Canadians with developmental disabilities, including operating homes and other various programs.
In their final engagement, Her Royal Highness and Vice Admiral Laurence will bid farewell to Canada at a ceremony at the Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Canada Reception Centre.
The departure ceremony will include a Quarter Guard composed of the Royal Canadian Hussars and The Royal Party is expected to depart Canada at around 22:30 EST by Royal Canadian Air Force Challenger.
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