Prince Charles, Camilla head to Regina after Toronto tour
Published Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:53PM EDT
After a whirlwind day in Toronto that included plenty of pomp and ceremony, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, left Canada's largest city and boarded a plane headed for Regina Tuesday evening.
Over the course of their Toronto sojourn to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the royal couple greeted locals, honoured members of the Canadian Forces and got a look at the future site of the athletes' village for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
To mark the occasion, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that a portion of the village will be named the Front Street Diamond Jubilee Promenade.
"The village will improve our waterfront in a way that's been hoped for and planned for decades. It will bring new transit and infrastructure to a new neighbourhood with much-needed new housing," said McGuinty.
During a reception at the nearby Distillery District, the premier thanked the Royal Family for their commitment to community service.
"Through 60 years of social change and technological revolution, her Majesty has shown an extraordinary generosity of spirit. She's given her life to service and shown an unrelenting devotion to her duties. And for this we are very, very grateful," said McGuinty.
During the second day of their Canadian tour, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the Ontario legislature where they presented six Ontarians with medals honouring their "distinguished service to the Crown in Canada."
They were joined by Lt-Gov. David Onley, who began the Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony by thanking the Royal Family for setting an example of service to the community.
"We are here to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year, and to honour a sovereign who has kept faith with her people through her service," Onley told the formal gathering on Tuesday.
"We celebrate a monarchy that has deep roots in Canadian history … and is still relevant in our modern age."
An enthusiastic crowd gathered outside Queen's Park to greet the royal couple, who walked along the roped off crowd, shaking hands and speaking briefly with several members of the public.
Later Tuesday morning, Camilla visited the Moss Park Armoury for her inaugural appearance as honorary colonel-in-chief of The Queen's Own Rifles.
Camilla inspected an Honour Guard and unveiled her portrait, before telling the regiment and others gathered at the Armoury that she was "deeply honoured" to be visiting with them.
"It has been a huge pleasure for me to meet so many serving soldiers, their families, and many veterans here today," she said. "It is quite clear that your desire to serve Canada and uphold the standards of The Queen's Own Rifles is second to none."
Later in the day, Prince Charles and Camilla met the Assembly of First Nations at the Royal York Hotel and attended the Fort York Armoury for an event commemorating the War of 1812.
Prince Charles inspected the Guard of Honour as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk looked on. The couple then spoke privately with the families of fallen soldiers.
Prince Charles also visited the Yonge Street Mission, which was established by his great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
The royal couple is on a four-day tour of Canada to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, an event which recognizes the monarch's accession to the throne 60 years ago.
Their itinerary in Regina includes a welcoming ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and a visit to the First Nations University.