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Royal couple welcomed to Winnipeg

The duchess's dove grey coat matched the drizzle as the royal couple touched down in Winnipeg this evening.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, arrived a little early at 17 Wing, greeted by a line of windswept local dignitaries. Among them, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Premier Greg Selinger, Lt. Gov. Philip Lee and Mayor Sam Katz, all trailed by a gaggle of reporters, military personnel and handlers.

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There wasn't much time in the handshake line to chat, but Katz said he expects the couple to be much like the Queen and Prince Phillip, who visited several years ago.

"They were lovely, chatting about the city," said Katz.

Among those who watched the arrival up close were the Batenchuks, whose son Barret was among the honour guard that marched to greet the royal couple.

"I've been hyped for this for the last week," said Donald Batenchuk.

The couple was a little too far from the gangway to tell which soldier was their corporal son, but they hoped to get the scoop on his experience tonight.

The royals head next for a private reception at Government House and then to bed.

 
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Updated on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM CDT: Adds video

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