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Day Four: Canada Royal Visit

21st May 2014

Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by Prime Minister Steven Harper, fly paper planes in the Stevenson Hangar

Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by Prime Minister Steven Harper, fly paper planes in the Stevenson Hangar

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by students an event to celebrate ‘Aerospace and Innovation in Manitoba’ at Stevenson Hangar in Winnipeg.

Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke to the youngsters as they learned about the aerospace and aviation industry. The Prince and The Duchess were given the chance to test the flight of their own paper planes by throwing them at a target.

His Royal Highness asked one group of students whether they enjoyed learning about science and technology at the aircraft hangar.

‘It beats sitting in the classroom,’ he joked.

In his speech at the event, His Royal Highness said: 

‘If I may say so, this seems to me a remarkably good way to start to address the skills gap prevalent in so many industries.

‘In my own small way, I have tried over many years to tackle this gap through my own charities and initiatives, and have often felt I was trying to push water up a hill. But today you have given me hope.’

 

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Pavillion Gallery in Winnipeg which is marking the centenary of Winnie the Bear, the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Pavillion Gallery in Winnipeg which is marking the centenary of Winnie the Bear, the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh

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His Royal Highness later visited Assiniboine Park Zoo, where he met one of its most famous residents, Hudson the polar bear.

The Prince was handed a pair of tongs and invited to feed the 600lb (272kg) animal with one of his favourite treats - a peanut butter sandwich.

He stepped forward and offered the treat through the bars, which the bear took remarkably delicately given his size. His Royal Highness also offered Hudson a fish and marvelled at his paws, used for scooping his prey out of the water.

Keeper Sean Ellis said afterwards: ‘The Prince seemed fascinated. Hudson really doesn't get these sandwiches very often but as we had so many people here we decided to give it to him as a treat.’

The Prince and The Duchess also celebrated the centenary of Winnie the Bear - the inspiration for AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories - in the Pavilion Gallery Museum.

The Prince of Wales looked delighted as he was presented with a cuddly toy black bear dressed in army fatigues for his own grandson, Prince George.

‘It was worth coming just for that,’ he said.

The Duchess undertook a separate engagement at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB)  at which she urged dancers to travel to London's Covent Garden to perform.

After unveiling a Royal Canadian Mint coin to mark RWB's 75th anniversary, Her Royal Highness said: ‘One of these days I hope we shall see some of the dancers here at Covent Garden in Britain.’

She was given a tour of the costume workshop and watched a ballet class for disabled adults.

‘So you're in charge of all these wonderful clothes,’ the Duchess said as she was introduced to Alena Zharska, director of wardrobe.

Her Royal Highness then went on to take tea with The Queen's own Rifles, before the final engagements of the visit: a Investiture at which The Prince presented 14 recipients with the Order of Manitoba which honours Canadians who have benefitted the Province through their achievements, and an official farewell ceremony which took place in the fading sunlight of Winnipeg.

A speech by The Prince of Wales at the Aerospace and Innovation in Manitoba Day

Published on 21st May 2014

Prime Minister and Mrs. Harper, Ministers of the Crown, Distinguished guests, Boys and Girls, patient and energetic teachers who have brought you all here today and who no doubt will be testing you when you get back to school. So you have to be careful.

So if I may say so, I just wanted to begin by expressing my profound gratitude to you, Prime Minister, for your most kind words.  I am so delighted to be back here in Manitoba and I need hardly say that my wife is very happy to be here for the first time and to be with such an enthusiastic audience!          

So much has changed since my last visit to Manitoba in 1996 I fear well before most of the audience here were even born!          

But what has most assuredly not changed is the vitality of this Province and the optimism for Canada's future, as reflected in the faces of these young, and dare I say, rather energetic Canadians!

Mais je peux vous assurer que ce qui n'a pas changé, c'est la vitalité de votre province et votre optimisme envers l'avenir du Canada, comme en témoignent les visages de ces jeunes Canadiens et Canadiennes, si j’ose dire, assez énergiques! It has been such a pleasure to meet and to see engaged in scientific endeavour of one sort or another so many dynamic young Canadians. 

As the Prime Minister mentioned having myself flown fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft a very long time ago all I can tell you is that I had a very determined admiration a ...

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