FREDERICTON (GNB) – Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Saint John and Canadian Forces Base Gagetown during the Victoria Day weekend, according to the official itinerary of the 2012 Royal Tour released today.

"We are delighted that Their Royal Highnesses are beginning their tour of Canada in New Brunswick with such a public program of family-centred events,” said Premier David Alward. "I invite New Brunswickers to come out on Victoria Day and show their pride in our province and our country in Gagetown and Saint John."

The itinerary was developed in collaboration with municipal, provincial and federal partners as well as Clarence House – the official residence of the royal couple – and private organizations. Their Royal Highnesses will also be visiting Toronto and Regina.

“The special Diamond Jubilee Tour will include a range of events, from large public venues where Canadians will have an opportunity to see Their Royal Highnesses, to intimate meetings with volunteers, students, teachers and veterans,” said James Moore, minister of Canadian heritage and official languages. “We look forward to showing Their Royal Highnesses some of the best of what Canada has to offer.”

Following is a brief outline of the New Brunswick portion of the itinerary:

Sunday, May 20
– 7:45 p.m.: Arrival in Canada. Their Royal Highnesses arrive at Saint John International Airport.

Monday, May 21
– 10:30 a.m.: Official welcome to Canada and New Brunswick. At Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Gov. Gen. David Johnston officially welcomes Their Royal Highnesses to Canada and New Brunswick. The event features full military honours, including a 21-gun salute.
– 11:05 a.m.: Meeting with military personnel at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. Their Royal Highnesses will meet military personnel enrolled in The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program.
– 11:45 a.m.: Reception hosted by the federal government. At Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by Johnston, attend a private reception hosted by the federal government.
– 1:10 p.m.: Heritage tour of Prince William Street, Saint John. Their Royal Highnesses proceed on a walking heritage tour of Prince William Street, where they observe projects and activities related to the restoration of Saint John and meet the 2002 committee for the Prince of Wales Municipal Leadership Prize.
– 1:25 p.m.: Citizenship court ceremony, Old Post Office, Saint John. Their Royal Highnesses attend a citizenship ceremony to welcome Canada’s newest citizens.
– 2:10 p.m. – Government of New Brunswick and City of Saint John Victoria Day celebration. Their Royal Highnesses join Canadians celebrating Victoria Day at the Marco Polo cruise terminal in Saint John.
– 3:10 p.m. – Tour of Hazen-White-St. Francis School, Saint John. Their Royal Highnesses visit Hazen-White-St. Francis School to observe firsthand how students are benefitting from the school’s work with community partners. Their Royal Highnesses will meet with staff, mentors, and children involved in the Promise Partnership mentorship program and open the Diamond Jubilee IT Centre at the school.

A more detailed itinerary is online.


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