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Arrival in Canada

18th May 2014

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Halifax International Airport

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Canada at the beginning of their three-day visit to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

Their Royal Highnesses were met at Halifax International Airport by the Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay before travelling to Government House where they were welcomed by Governor General David Johnston. The Governor General is The Queen's representative in Canada.

As a new addition to an already busy programme for Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince was today sworn in as a Privy Councillor.  Earlier today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of His Royal Highness to The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His Royal Highness 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.

Privy Councillors are members of The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, established under the Constitution Act, 1867 to advise the Government of Canada.  The Privy Council includes all past and present Ministers, as well as a number of select persons honoured for their contributions to Canada.  Members are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

The Prince of Wales with the Governor General David Johnston at Government House in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Their Royal Highnesses' visit will begin in earnest tomorrow, with engagements in Halifax, Pictou County and Prince Edward Island, with an emphasis on Remembrance and supporting current members of the Armed Forces. 

The day will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony and reception with military families, and later in the day The Prince and The Duchess will meet veterans at Pier 21, from which almost half a million Canadians departed for England to serve in the Second World War. The Prince and The Duchess will also visit the picturesque Pictou County before spending the evening at Victoria Day celebrations on Prince Edward Island. Victoria Day marks Queen Victoria's birthday and the start of the transition into summer in Canada.

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