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Itinerary announced for Royal visit to Prince Edward County

The whirlwind itinerary for the 2017 Royal Tour to Canada includes stops in Nunavut, Trenton, Wellington and Ottawa from June 29 to July 1.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be welcomed in Prince Edward County Friday, June 30 where they are scheduled to visit the Wellington Farmers’ Market and Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard.

“The Royal Tour promises to be a spectacular kickoff for our Canada Day celebrations in Wellington and across the County,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “We are thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses, who are committed to supporting rural communities, have decided to make their first-ever visit to Prince Edward County.”

The royals are scheduled to arrive at the Wellington Farmers’ Market downtown, at 1:15 p.m. They will be speaking with vendors and artisans to learn how farm-to-table agriculture and the “shop local” movement have increased tourism and economic development in the region.

Following the market tour, they will travel to Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard to see how local producers and farmers have achieved economic success at the local and national level, as well as on the international stage. They will visit various stations offering locally-sourced food and wine prepared by renowned chefs, local farmers and producers who operate in Prince Edward County.

Residents and visitors are invited to welcome the royals in Wellington. Due to space constraints, access to the Wellington Farmers’ Market and Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard during the tour will be limited to invited guests, vendors and accredited media.

Traffic disruptions and partial road closures are required on June 30 to accommodate the tour. Wellington Main Street between Wharf Street and Maple Street will be closed to vehicles beginning at 7 a.m., except for local traffic. Wharf Street will be restricted to one-way traffic northbound.

An overnight parking ban will be in effect June 29 on Wellington Main Street between Wharf Street and Maple Street. During the Royal Tour, visitors are encouraged to park at the former arena (corner of Maple and Niles streets) or the Wellington and District Community Centre (111
Belleville Street). A free shuttle will pick people up at the Wellington and District Community Centre and drop them off at the corner of Wellington Main Street and Maple Street.

“It is an exciting time to be Canadian, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate Canada 150 with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Their Royal Highnesses will meet Canadians who are researching climate change, preserving and promoting Indigenous cultures, empowering youth, and working to ensure that people of all backgrounds can participate in our society.”

The official itinerary
June 29:
Charles and Camilla will begin their journey in Iqaluit, Nunavut where the pair will be welcomed in an official ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut where the prince is also expected to give a speech.
The Prince of Wales will also receive a brief lesson in the Inuktitut language during a meeting at Pirurvik, a non-government centre dedicated to Inuit culture, language and well-being.
Camilla will participate in a separate Women and Wellness Event with groups dedicated to improving the health and wellness of women in the North.
Prince Charles also plans to visit the Nunavut Research Institute to engage with students and researchers and learn about various projects concerning the environment and climate change.
Later in the day, the couple will join in a community celebration involving local artists and performers at the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park before they depart for Ottawa. At the Tukisigiarvik Inuit Centre, Charles and Camilla will visit a traditional Inuit village and learn about medicinal plants from an elder.

June 30:
(11:15) The royals will be welcomed at 8 Wing-Canadian Forces Base Trenton where they will tour hangar displays and engage with Royal Canadian Air Force members.
The prince’s next stop is a search and rescue demonstration at the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre.
Camilla will meet with The Queen’s Own Rifles regiment, of which she is the Colonel-in-Chief.
(12:30) The pair will then travel to the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Quinte West, Ont. where they will lay a wreath to pay their respects to the Canadian soldiers who have lost their lives.

(1:15) For their next stop, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall plan to chat with local vendors and artisans at the Wellington Farmers’ Market in Prince Edward County.
Following the farmers’ market, the royals’ last stop on June 30 will be a visit to the Norman Hardie Winery to meet local winemakers and farmers in the region.

July 1:
The pair will begin the morning of July 1 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
The prince and his wife will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the museum before touring an exhibit inside the hall.
They’re expected to meet a variety of young Canadians from diverse backgrounds as they visit a couple of galleries housed in the museum.
The royals will then visit Reconciliation: The Peacekeeping Monument on Sussex Drive in Ottawa where Charles or the Governor General will inspect the guard of honour.
In the evening, the royals will travel to Rideau Hall to attend the official opening of the “Queen’s Entrance” with Gov. General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston, along with 150 invited guests.
Before the couple departs for the U.K. that night, they will first attend an outdoor reception at Rideau Hall’s garden with the 150 invited guests, which include Canadian youth, veterans, volunteers and military personnel.
This will be Prince Charles’ 18th visit to Canada. He and Camilla’s most recent trip to the country was in May 2014 when they toured Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

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