The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will travel to Canada at the end of June to take part in celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation including a visit to Trenton and Prince Edward County.
On Thursday, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will begin their Royal Tour with a visit to Iqaluit, Nunavut on June 29. They will make another stop at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton and in Wellington on June 30. Prince Charles and Camilla will be in Ottawa and Gatineau for Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1.
“I couldn’t be happier to be able to announce this,” Mayor Robert Quaiff said during Thursday’s committee of the whole meeting. “I’ve been working with Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis for several months on this and the security team has been into Prince Edward County on a couple of occasions…We look forward to showcasing the community spirit, natural environment, and rich history that make The County so special.”
The royal highnesses will participate in a community gathering at the Wellington Farmers’ Market on Friday June 30. Mayor Quaiff revealed the decision to visit Wellington’s Market came at the request of Prince Charles himself.
“We are pleased to have Their Royal Highnesses in Canada at such an important moment in our history,” said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The Royal Couple will have the opportunity to meet and connect with Canadians who are making a difference in their communities and building a lasting legacy for Canada’s future. This trip will showcase our diversity, the beauty of Canada’s environment, efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the achievements of our dynamic youth.”
The full itinerary will be released before the start of the Royal Tour.
This will be Charles’s 18th visit to Canada and Camilla’s 4th. It will be the first time The Royal Couple visit Nunavut. Prince Charles last visited Nunavut in 1970, when it was still part of Northwest Territories. Excluding the Capital Region, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited cities and communities in Ontario in 2012 and 2009. The Prince of Wales also visited Ontario in 1996, 1991 and 1970.