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Royal welcome in Canada for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
July 22 2017, 10:40 | Irvin Gilbert
On rainy 150th birthday nation celebrates the meaning of Canada with musical performances parades and celebrities
Charles, who visited the territory when it was part of the Northwest Territories in 1970, will also stop at the Nunavut Research Institute to learn about environmental projects underway in the North including research on arctic insects and water projects.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett also welcomed the royal couple, noting they would meet inspiring indigenous youth during their visit.
Earlier at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, the Duchess met officers and soldiers from the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, a unit she supports as their honorary colonel-in-chief.
The couple then witnessed a commemoration service and wreath-laying at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial near the base.
The royal visit by Charles and his wife, Camilla, will culminate in Ottawa on Saturday as Canada marks its 150th birthday. Many held small Canadian flags in their hands.
"I don't even think I have words for it", she said in an interview.
The royal couple also met a jewellery maker who had created a pair of silver snow goggles they both tried on, and Charles said about his wife: "They match your sparkling personality". "It's something I never thought I would do, especially with my children". The Prince of Wales met with veterans who benefitted from the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur Initiative, which helps veterans start businesses.
They also stopped to chat with vendors and artisans and are to visit a local winery.
The royal couple will visit the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. before the prince moves on to a peacekeeping monument in Ottawa for a ceremonial guard inspection.
Staff took the Duchess around some of the displays in the new Canadian History Hall but after a few minutes they gave up looking for the display.