Ferris Bueller said it best: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Because can you believe that next week will be July? JULY. Where has the time gone? We’ve been preparing for this particular Canada Day — the 150th anniversary of the Confederation — for months now and it’s literally right around the corner. It’ll be a celebration that every Canadian will take part in — with a couple of special guests. A couple of special royal guests: the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Their three-day royal tour kicks off in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on June 29 where they’ll meet with local leaders who are working to preserve indigenous languages. They’ll split up for a bit as Charles visits the Nunavut Research Institute to talk about his passions, the environment and climate change, while Camilla takes part in a Women and Wellness event. They’ll meet up later in the day to join in a community celebration featuring local artists and performers.
From there, they’ll head to Ontario and stop at CFB Trenton and meet with Royal Canadian Air Force members. Charles will check out a search-and-rescue demonstration while Camilla meets with The Queen’s Own Rifles regiment, of which she is the Colonel-in-Chief. They will then travel to Quinte West, Ont., where they will pay their respects at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, before heading to the Wellington Farmers’ Market in Prince Edward County. The royals will cap off Canada Day Eve with a stop at the Norman Hardie Winery to meet local winemakers and farmers in the region.
On July 1, the royals will head to the Ottawa region. Their first stop’s at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., before they cross the Ottawa River to Parliament Hill to really do it up. Charles will open the newly renovated National Arts Centre, and the couple will help unveil The Queen’s Entrance at Rideau Hall. A perfect way to take in all things Canadian.
The couple’s last visit was in May 2014, during which TRHs were in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. The upcoming visit marks the 18th time Charles will be here, and Camilla’s fourth visit. Not too shabby.