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Prince Charles and Camilla Visit London’s Canada House Ahead of Royal Tour of Canada Next Week

 
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Britain's Prince Charles (L), Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, sign a guestbook during a visit to Canada House in London on May 12, 2022. Photo: Hannah McKay/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Canada House in London on Thursday ahead of their three-day royal tour of the country, which starts next week.

Camilla previewed a bit of diplomatic dressing for the occasion — which will no doubt be on display throughout the trip —  donning a red dress that matched the jackets of the Canadian Mounties who saluted the couple on their arrival.

The royals were greeted by a group of enthusiastic school children waving Canadian flags, including one little girl who took diplomatic fashion up a notch with a Maple Leaf patterned dress.

The pair met with the High Commissioner for Canada in the U.K., his excellency the Hon. Ralph Goodale and his wife, Mrs. Pamela Kendel-Goodale.

 

GettyImages-1240616902.jpg Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets people as he visits Canada House in London, Britain May 12, 2022. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters/Getty Images

 

The Canadian tour, beginning on Tuesday, is part of ongoing celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year and is the royal couple’s first trip to North America in five years. The tour will see Charles and Camilla travel 2,000 miles from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Northwest Territories, including a stop in the Ottawa region, where a special reception to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be held.

Clarence House announced more details of their visit last month, revealing the tour would have an environmental focus led by Canada’s Indigenous communities.

“The Prince of Wales has long believed that we need to learn from indigenous peoples around the world how better we should live in and care for nature and the planet,” Clarence House said in a statement.

“Canada is seeing the impact of climate change and so this tour will highlight an emphasis on learning from Indigenous Peoples in Canada as well as a focus on working with businesses to find a more sustainable way of living with global warming.”

The increased focus on social consciousness for the upcoming tour follows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of the Caribbean, which was met with protests and calls for reparations from Britain for its role in the slave trade in the region.

Charles and Camilla will also highlight Canada’s support of Ukraine, in the wake of Russia’s invasion, and meet members of the country’s Ukrainian community.

The tour will also include a visit to a transitional housing facility for women and children in Yellowknife, a stop along the tour that aligns with Camilla’s charity work against domestic violence.

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Vatican announces late July visit by Pope Francis to Canada

Vatican announces late July visit by Pope Francis to Canada | CBC News
Pontiff to make 3 major stops in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit

Olivia Stefanovich · CBC News · Posted: May 12, 2022 3:25 PM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. (Gregorio Borgia/The Associated Press)
The Vatican formally announced Friday a visit by Pope Francis to Canada from July 24 to 29. 

The Pope will make three main stops, in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit, during the last week of July. CBC News previously reported the three cities were under strong consideration for the papal visit.

Archbishop Richard Smith, the co-ordinator of the papal visit to Canada, said the Pope's trip has been limited to only three "hubs" because of the Pope's mobility issues. 

"What's really directing this is the Pope's limited ability to get around," Smith said from Edmonton on Friday. 

"The Vatican was very, very clear: when he comes to a country, he can't get around by helicopter, he can't be in a car any more than an hour, he cannot be in a different place every night."

More locations near the sites and specific itinerary details will be released six to eight weeks prior to the papal visit, according to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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