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Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Britain's Queen Elizabeth during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on Nov. 27, 2009.

Sean Kilpatrick

Seven months after her son paid a visit, Queen Elizabeth will tour Canada for the first time in five years.

The royal tour will take place in mid-2010 from June 28 to July 6, and will include stops in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Manitoba.

The monarch and her husband Prince Philip will spend Canada Day 2010 in the National Capital Region, which includes Ottawa.

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Her mid-year trip will be the second royal visit in the space of a year, after her son and heir Charles, Prince of Wales, visited Canada last month.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who met with the Queen in a private audience today at the Commonwealth leaders' summit in Trinidad, issued a statement saying she would be warmly welcomed in Canada.

"The Crown endures as a symbol of our unique Canadian identity, uniting Canadians of every background and every region," Mr. Harper said.

"Canadians hold Her Majesty and the Royal Family in deep affection and high regard, a sentiment which is clearly mutual."

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Steven Chase has covered federal politics in Ottawa for The Globe since mid-2001, arriving there a few months before 9/11. He previously worked in the paper's Vancouver and Calgary bureaus. Prior to that, he reported on Alberta politics for the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun, and on national issues for Alberta Report. More

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