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The Prince of Wales's Relationship with Canada

Canada is one of Her Majesty's Realms, and as such The Prince of Wales is Heir to The Canadian Throne.

The Prince of Wales has often spoken of his life-long affinity with Canada.

In 1996 he declared: “Every time I come to Canada, and I’ve been here many times since 1970, a little more of Canada seeps into my bloodstream and, from there, straight into my heart.”

During his 16 visits to Canada, The Prince has visited every Province and, counting his visits to communities in Nunavut that took place before its creation in 1999, every Territory as well.

His Royal Highness serves as Colonel-in-Chief to seven Canadian regiments: the Air Reserve of Canada, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the Royal Regiment of Canada, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own).

The Prince of Wales is also the Honorary Commissioner of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Prince's Charities Canada (PCC) was formed to support The Prince's work in Canada based on his own core charitable interests, including improving the lives of disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, improving the built environment, regeneration of heritage and environmental sustainability.

The Prince of Wales is also an honorary member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in watercolour and is Patron of Candian Business for Social Responsibility, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Earth Rangers, The Regina Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Conservatory of Music and The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.

The Prince of Wales’s wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, has an interesting Canadian connection: she is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab, who was Prime Minister of the Province of Canada before Confederation and the builder of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton.

The Prince and The Duchess made their first visit to Canada together in 2009 and visited Dundurn Castle which is a National Historic Site. Her Royal Highness is now its Patron.

The Duchess of Cornwall has also taken on the Colonelcy-in-Chief of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and visited the regiment during their visit to Canada in 2012 which was made to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with the Canadian people.

Their Royal Highnesses also visited in 2014, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of His Royal Highness to The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

 

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  • The Prince of Wales attends a military ceremony at Fort York in Toronto on the second day of a Diamond Jubilee Tour of Canada, 2012

    The Prince of Wales attends a military ceremony at Fort York in Toronto on the second day of a Diamond Jubilee Tour of Canada, 2012

  • The Prince of Wales  and The Duchess of Cornwall look around a traditional Newfoundland style house as they visit the historic town of Brigus, as part of their visit to Canada in 2009

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall look around a traditional Newfoundland style house as they visit the historic town of Brigus, as part of their visit to Canada in 2009

  • The Duchess of Cornwall is greeted warmly by crowds outside Dundurn Castle in 2009, near Toronto, once lived in by her Canadian ancestors

    The Duchess of Cornwall is greeted warmly by crowds outside Dundurn Castle in 2009, near Toronto, once lived in by her Canadian ancestors

  • The Prince of Wales is presented with an eagle's feather as he meets First Nation Chiefs at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto during the Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada, 2012

    The Prince of Wales is presented with an eagle's feather as he meets First Nation Chiefs at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto during the Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada, 2012

  • Prince of Wales joins a game of road hockey during a visit to Hazen White-St. Francis School in St. John, New Brunswick on the first day of an official Diamond Jubilee tour of Canada

    The Prince of Wales joins a game of road hockey during a visit to Hazen White-St. Francis School in St. John, New Brunswick during the Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada, 2012

  • The Prince of Wales tries his hand at DJ-ing at a project supported by his Prince's Charities Canada organisation in Toronto in 2012

    The Prince of Wales tries his hand at DJ-ing at a project supported by his Prince's Charities Canada organisation

Prince's Charities Canada (PCC)

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) was founded by His Royal Highness to focus on his core charitable interests of disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, improving the built environment, regeneration of heritage and environmental sustainability.

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the Canadian charitable work of The Prince of Wales.

PCC works with existing Canadian charities already connected to The Prince of Wales and facilitates new opportunities for charitable organizations in Canada and the UK to work together.

The organization’s objectives are guided by the work of The Prince’s Charities, a group of 16 not-for-profit organisations in the UK, of which The Prince is President. The purpose of such activity is to provide The Prince of Wales with opportunities to deepen and broaden his long-standing connection to Canada and Canadians, and to engage with Canadians around shared values and concerns.

Some of The Prince of Wales's present charitable initiatives in Canada include:

  1. The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur
    Transitioning members of the Canadian Forces are provided with financial assistance, further education, and mentoring on business practices through the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (a group long affiliated with The Prince's Youth Business International) and Students in Free Enterprise, Memorial University branch, together within The Prince's Operations Entrepreneur program.

  2. The Prince's Seeing is Believing
    Run in partnership between Prince’s Charities Canada and The Wellesley Institute, The Prince's Seeing is Believing (PSiB) program, is modelled on the program of the same name that was started by The Prince of Wales in the UK in the early 1990s. PsiB brings corporate leaders face to face with social and economic issues, and demonstrates the impact that responsible business can have by closing the gap between the boardroom and the community. With a focus in Canada on disadvantaged youth, PSiB is breaking new ground in helping to develop training and employment opportunities for a sector of Canadian society that is oftenoverlooked and marginalized. PSiB visit days are scheduled to take place in Toronto, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg and Halifax throughout 2012/13.

  3. The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership
    The Heritage Canada Foundation administers and presents annually The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership to municipalities that have shown commitment to preservation of historic structures and spaces. The concept of the award came following a visit by The Prince of Wales to a restored 18th Century house in New Brunswick and a meeting with a member of the Heritage Canada Foundation's board of directors.

  4. Learning Through the Arts
    Developed by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, of which The Prince of Wales is Patron, the Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) program is a structured curriculum that uses the arts to teach other subjects such as math and science and includes training for teachers and artists. This program was exported by Prince’s Charities Canada to the UK, where it is administered by The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Most recent visits to Canada

The last visit to Canada by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall was in 2014, when Their Royal Highnesses visited at the request of the Canadian government.

Their Royal Highnesses' visit from 18th - 21st May to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba celebrated Canadian achievement past and future.

During their time in Canada, The Prince was sworn in as a Privy Councillor during an audience with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Government House, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Their Royal Highnesses also experienced the depth of Scottish culture that still thrives in Nova Scotia today, attended a Young Parliament debate in Charlottetown and commemorated the Canadian war dead at the Cenotaph.

Over the course of their visit, The Prince and The Duchess toured six communities: Halifax and Pictou County in Nova Scotia (18th and 19th May); Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall in Prince Edward Island (19th and 20th May) and Winnipeg in Manitoba (20th and 21st May).



The Prince and Duchess also visited in 2012 as part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Queen asked Their Royal Highnesses to visit Canada on her behalf to help celebrate sixty years of her Reign with the Canadian people.

Although only five days long, the visit was packed with engagements for The Prince and The Duchess and they covered a great deal of ground, meeting hundreds of people from all walks of life.

They had the opportunity to present Diamond Jubilee medals to people who have served their communities such as teachers and members of the emergency services.

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Le prince de Galles et le Canada


Le Canada étant l’un des royaumes sur lesquels veille Sa Majesté, le prince de Galles est l’héritier du Trône canadien. Son Altesse Royale a d’ailleurs souvent évoqué son attachement de longue date pour le Canada. En 1996, il a déclaré : « Toutes les fois que je viens au Canada, et j’y suis venu à de nombreuses reprises depuis 1970, le Canada entre un peu plus dans mesveines, puis directement dans mon cœur. »

Le prince Charles est venu au Canada à 16 reprises et a visité toutes les provinces et, si l’on compte ses visites aux communautés du Nunavut avant sa création en 1999, tous les territoires.

Son Altesse Royale est le colonel en chef de sept unités militaires canadiennes : la Réserve aérienne du Canada, le Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, The Royal Regiment of Canada, The Royal Canadian Dragoons, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada et The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own).

Le prince de Galles est également commissaire honoraire de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada.

Les Œuvres de bienfaisance du prince au Canada (OBPC) ont été fondées afin de soutenir le travail du prince au Canada en faveur des causes qui lui tiennent à cœur, notamment l’aide aux jeunes défavorisés, l’éducation, le commerce responsable, la restauration de l’environnement bâti, la revitalisation du patrimoine et le développement durable.

Le prince de Galles est aussi membre honoraire de l’Association des architectes paysagistes du Canada et de la Société canadienne de peintres en aquarelle. Il parraine la Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, le Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Earth Rangers, le Regina Symphony Orchestra, le Royal Conservatory of Music et leRoyal Hamilton Yacht Club.

L’épouse du prince de Galles, la duchesse de Cornouailles, a un lien pour le moins intéressant avec le Canada : elle est l’arrière-arrière-arrière-petite-fille de Sir Allan MacNab, premier ministre de la Province du Canada avant la Confédération et bâtisseur du château Dundurn, à Hamilton. Le prince et la duchesse ont fait leur première visite ensemble au Canada en 2009, où ils ont visité le fameux château. Son Altesse Royale marraine désormais ce lieu historique national.

La duchesse de Cornouailles est également colonel en chef du Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. Le couple a rencontré les soldats du régiment durant sa dernière visite au Canada en 2012; celle-ci visait à célébrer avec les Canadiens le Jubilé de diamant de la reine.

Les Œuvres de bienfaisance du prince au Canada (OBPC)

Son Altesse Royale a mis sur pied les Œuvres afin de faire avancer les causes qui lui tiennent à cœur, soit l’aide aux jeunes défavorisés, l’éducation, le commerce responsable, la restauration de l’environnement bâti, la revitalisation du patrimoine et le développement durable.

Les  Œuvres de bienfaisance du prince au Canada (OBPC) forment une organisation à but non lucratif qui soutient les activités caritatives du prince de Galles au Canada. Les OBPC travaillent avec les organisations de bienfaisance auxquelles est déjà associé le prince Charles et favorisent la création de partenariats entre les organisations du Canada et celles du Royaume-Uni.
 
Les objectifs de l’organisation reposent sur les activités des Œuvres de bienfaisance du prince, un groupe de 16 organisations à but non lucratif du Royaume-Uni présidé par le prince de Galles.

Les activités caritatives du prince lui permettent d’approfondir et d’élargir ses liens de longue date avec le Canada et les Canadiens, mais aussi de s’engager auprès de ces derniers autour de valeurs et de préoccupations communes.

Parmi les initiatives caritatives du prince de Galles au Canada, notons lessuivantes :

  1. L’Opération Entrepreneur du prince
    Les membres sortants des Forces canadiennes reçoivent une aide financière, de la formation et du mentorat sur les pratiques commerciales par l’intermédiaire de la Fondation canadienne des jeunes entrepreneurs (un groupe depuis longtemps affilié à l’organisation Youth Business International mise sur pied par le prince) et de Students in Free Enterprise, section de l’Université Memorial, qui unissent leurs efforts dans le cadre du programme Opération Entrepreneur du prince.

  2. Le programme « Le voir, c’est le croire »
    Offert en collaboration par les Œuvres de bienfaisance du prince au Canada et le Wellesley Institute, le programme « Le voir, c’est le croire » s’inspire de l’initiative similaire lancée au début des années 1990 par le prince de Galles au Royaume-Uni. Dans le cadre du programme, les dirigeants d’entreprise prennent conscience des enjeux sociaux et économiques, et constatent l’influence positive que les entreprises responsables peuvent avoir en réduisant l’écart entre le monde des affaires et la communauté.

    Mettant l’accent au Canada sur l’aide aux jeunes défavorisés, le programme innove en créant des possibilités de formation et d’emploi pour ce segment de la société canadienne souvent négligé et marginalisé.

    Des journées-rencontres du programme « Le voir, c’est le croire » sont prévues en 2012 et en 2013 à Toronto, à Calgary, en Saskatchewan, à Winnipeg et à Halifax.

  3. Le Prix du prince de Galles pour leadership municipal en matière de patrimoine
    La Fondation Héritage Canada décerne chaque année le Prix du prince de Galles pour leadership municipal en matière de patrimoine à une municipalité ayant fait montre d’une volonté de préserver ses structures et ses lieux historiques. Ce prix a été institué après que le prince de Galles a visité une maison restaurée du Nouveau-Brunswick datant du XVIIIe siècle etrencontré un membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Héritage Canada.

  4. Apprendre par les arts
    Conçue par le Royal Conservatory of Music de Toronto, lequel est parrainé par le prince de Galles, l’initiative Apprendre par les arts (APLA) est un programme scolaire structuré qui mise sur les arts pour l’enseignement d’autres matières comme les mathématiques et les sciences; il prévoit aussi la formation des professeurs et des artistes. Les Œuvres de bienfaisance du prince au Canada ont exporté ce programme au Royaume-Uni, où il est administré par la Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Dernière visite au Canada

Le prince de Galles et la duchesse de Cornouailles ont rendu leur dernière visite au Canada en 2012, dans le cadre des célébrations du Jubilé de diamant de la reine. 

La reine avait demandé à Leurs Altesses Royales de visiter le Canada en son nom afin de souligner ses soixante ans de règne au pays. Même si la visite n’a duré que cinq jours, le programme du couple était chargé. Multipliant les déplacements, le prince et la duchesse ont rencontré des centaines de personnes issues de tous les milieux. Le couple a pu remettre des médailles du Jubilé de diamant de la reine aux gens qui ont rendu service à leur communauté, comme des enseignants et des intervenants des services d’urgence.

  • Prince's Charities Canada

    The Prince of Wales gives a speech in Canada, 2009

    Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) was founded by His Royal Highness and is focused on work in Canada around his core interests of disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, improving the built environment, regeneration of heritage and environmental sustainability.

    Visit the website of Prince's Charities Canada (PCC)
  • The Crown in Canada

    The Prince of Wales in Canada 2012

    Canada is a constitutional monarchy. The Crown in Canada was first established by the kings of France in the 16th Century. Organised as a royal province of France, both French and British kings and queens have reigned over Canada since 1534. Under Canada's sovereigns, the country has evolved from a French colony to an independent nation.

    Visit the Crown in Canada website
  • Clarence House Storify blogs

    Clarence House Storify

    Read the Clarence House Storify blogs from Their Royal Highnesses' visits to Canada, featuring videos, photos and tweets.

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