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Enthusiastic crowds greet royal couple in Toronto

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Queens Park in Toronto May 22, 2012. The Prince of Wales and his wife are on a three-day royal tour of Canada as part of events that mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Charles and Camilla's first full morning in Toronto drew enthusiastic crowds, as the couple followed a fast-paced schedule that took them from the Ontario legislature to Moss Park Armoury and Ryerson University.

The prince and duchess arrived in Canada on Sunday evening and spent much of Monday speaking with members of the military and strolling through downtown Saint John, New Brunswick. They will depart Toronto for Regina, Sask. Tuesday evening.

In Toronto, close to 300 people gathered outside the Ontario legislature Tuesday morning waving flags as the couple arrived for the Lieutenant-Governor's Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony. "Camilla, we love you," several people shouted.

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Brigitte Chard, 61, wore a purple fascinator and clutched a bouquet of baby's breath and chrysanthemums meant for Camilla.

"I'm a monarchist. I enjoy the history and the continuity," she said as she waited for the pair to arrive. Charles and Camilla paused briefly to greet the crowd before heading inside.

The two split up after their event at the legislature, with Camilla heading to Moss Park Armoury for a military ceremony and Charles meeting students from Ryerson University.

At the Ryerson stop, a jocular Charles chatted with the crowd and seemed unfazed when one man used a loudspeaker to mock him for visiting Canada's "peasants."

After meeting two Google employees, the prince turned to 15-year-old Joshua Rossetti, who said he asked, "You don't all work for Google, do you?"

"He stuck out his hand and I shook it. It's a pretty surreal experience," Mr. Rossetti said.

Charles will visit Toronto's distillery district and several charities on Tuesday afternoon, and the couple will both attend a military muster commemorating the war of 1812 in the evening.

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