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Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Canada in May

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.


Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will travel to Canada

this May for a four-day visit that will start in Halifax and end in Winnipeg, with stops in Prince Edward Island to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference that led to Confederation.

The details of the tour were announced Friday by Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.

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The couple will arrive May 18 and will be officially welcomed May 19 in Halifax.

They will also visit Pictou County, two hours north of Halifax, before being whisked to Charlottetown for Victoria Day celebrations and fireworks.

Their island visit includes stops in Cornwall and Bonshaw, before they head to Winnipeg on May 20. Their tour ends May 21 with visits to Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park and the Manitoba Legislature.

Camilla, also known as the Duchess of Cornwall, is a distant relative of Sir Allan MacNab, premier of the Province of Canada from 1854 to 1856.

This will mark the third visit for the Prince and Duchess as a couple. They made their first visit in 2009 and their most recent visit was in 2012 to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. They went to Fredericton and Saint John as well as Toronto and Regina.

"Our relationship with the Royal Family provides Canadians with an opportunity to learn more about our constitutional monarchy, which is the pillar of our system of government," said minister Glover in her statement on Friday. "I invite Canadians of all ages to join in the Royal Tour celebrations."

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