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THE Manitoba Theatre Centre is getting the royal treatment.
Queen Elizabeth II has granted Winnipeg's flagship stage company permission to call itself the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
A press conference for "a special and historic announcement and reception to honour live theatre in Manitoba," is set for this afternoon at the Legislative Building where Premier Greg Selinger will officially make public that MTC -- Canada's oldest English-speaking regional theatre -- is receiving the very rare honour of a royal designation.
But the news prematurely slipped out on the Monarchist League of Canada website, which stated MTC was being recognized this year with the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).
Although no one is saying so, MTC becomes the first Canadian theatre troupe that can call itself royal. It is seen as a special distinction to earn the personal approval of the queen.
The 53-year-old organization will, of course, become the second city arts group that can precede its name with the word royal. In 1953, the newly crowned queen awarded her first royal designation to the Winnipeg Ballet, the only ballet company in the British Commonwealth to get the recognition at the time. During her 57-year-old reign, the queen has authorized only 45 royal prefixes, the last one also being to a Winnipeg cultural mainstay.
Associations, hospitals and even golf clubs have been declared royal by the queen but only after making a formal request for the designation.