The 2012 Royal Tour of Canada by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall toured Canada from May 20-23, 2012, the Diamond Jubilee Year of Her Majesty The Queen. This Royal Tour of Canada—which included stops in Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown, Oromocto, and Saint John, New Brunswick; Toronto, Ontario; and Regina, Saskatchewan—highlighted service as both an enduring royal value of Her Majesty and the Royal Family as well as an intrinsic Canadian value.
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 7:45 p.m. (ADT) - Arrival in Canada
- Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Fredericton International Airport
Monday, May 21, 2012 – Canadian Forces Base Gagetown and Saint John, New Brunswick
- 10:30 a.m. – Official Welcome to Canada and New Brunswick Ceremony
- At Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, the Governor General officially welcomesd Their Royal Highnesses to Canada and New Brunswick.
- 11:05 a.m. – Met with Military Personnel at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
- 11:45 a.m. – Reception hosted by the Government of Canada at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
- 1:10 p.m. – Heritage Tour of Prince William Street
- After arriving in Saint John, Their Royal Highnesses proceeded on a walking heritage tour of Prince William Street, where they observed projects and activities related to the restoration of Saint John and met the 2002 Committee for the Prince of Wales Municipal Heritage Leadership Prize.
- 1:25 p.m. – Citizenship Ceremony at the Old Post Office
- Their Royal Highnesses attended a citizenship ceremony to welcome Canada’s newest citizens.
- 2:10 p.m. – Government of New Brunswick Victoria Day Celebration
- Their Royal Highnesses viewed artisans and culinary demonstrations and meet with local Boy Scouts and Girl Guides before taking in a musical performance by the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
- 3:10 p.m. – Tour of Hazen-White-St. Francis School
- Their Royal Highnesses visited Hazen-White-St. Francis School to observe first-hand how students are benefitting from the school’s work with community partners. Their Royal Highnesses opened the Diamond Jubilee IT Centre at the school before joining students in School Fun Day activities.
Monday, May 21, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario
- 5:10 p.m. – Arrival in Toronto
- 9:30 p.m. – Victoria Day Fireworks Display
- Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by the Premier of Ontario, met with members of emergency services and their families to highlight the importance of service in communities, before observing Toronto’s fireworks display in honour of Victoria Day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario
- 10:10 a.m. – Event Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s Park
- Their Royal Highnesses attended a Diamond Jubilee Medals ceremony, where they presented medals to recipients who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.
- 11:05 a.m. – His Royal Highness Toured the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University
- 11:05 a.m. – Her Royal Highness Visited The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
- Her Royal Highness visited The Queen’s Own Rifles, a militia regiment within the Canadian Forces for which The Duchess is the honorary Colonel-in-Chief. Her Royal Highness lays a wreath in front of the regiment’s Memorial Wall to pay respect to Canadians who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
- 12:05 p.m. – His Royal Highness Toured the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Athletes’ Village
- 12:45 p.m. – Government of Ontario Reception at the Historic Distillery District
- His Royal Highness visits the Yonge Street Mission to meet staff and people benefitting from the employment skills workshops offered at the facility His Royal Highness also meets with business leaders and participants to share their experiences from the Prince’s Seeing is Believing program, which is part of His Royal Highness’ charity initiatives in Canada.
- 3:30 p.m. – His Royal Highness Met with Assembly of First Nations
- 6:00 p.m. – 1812 Commemorative Military Muster at Fort York Armoury
- Their Royal Highnesses visit Fort York Armoury and participate in activities that commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
- 9:00 p.m. (CST) – Arrival in Regina
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – Regina, Saskatchewan
- 11:00 a.m. – Official Arrival to Saskatchewan at the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly Building
- This event included a visit to the Legislative Chamber, where Their Royal Highnesses attended a Diamond Jubilee Medals ceremony and presented medals to recipients. Their Royal Highnesses also unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Legislative Assembly and Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee as well as the design of the Assembly’s new Black Rod. They also presented the Assembly with wood from the Duchy of Cornwall estate.
- 12:15 p.m. – Reception Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan at Government House
- 1:30 p.m. – Tour of First Nations University
- Their Royal Highnesses visited the First Nations University to recognize the importance of First Nations culture and traditions in defining Canada’s national identity.
- 2:45 p.m. – Tour of Ground Effects Environmental Services
- 4:00 p.m. – His Royal Highness Met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper
- 4:50 p.m. – His Royal Highness Met with the Governor General David Johnston
- 7:10 p.m. – Diamond Jubilee Concert at RCMP Depot Division Drill Hall Hosted by the Government of Canada
- The Government of Canada hosts a concert by the Regina Symphony Orchestra at the RCMP Depot Division Drill Hall. His Royal Highness became the ensemble’s patron in 2008.
- 8:50 p.m. – Official Farewell to Canada and Saskatchewan ceremony
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