May 29, 2015


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Rain can't dampen royal arrival

Locals gather to catch glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla

As he ducked out of the welcome party and into his waiting motorcade, Prince Charles stopped briefly to greet the small crowd gathered at Government House on Tuesday evening.

"You're very brave for standing here," Charles said to cheers.

Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are greeted by Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee at Government House on Tuesday.

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Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are greeted by Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee at Government House on Tuesday. Photo Store

About 25 people huddled in the damp waiting to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, before and after the first official engagement of their day-long stop in Winnipeg.

Several live in nearby highrises and popped over hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

Two young women on their way to dinner hoped to snap a photo for a royal-watcher friend in Colorado. But Riley Krahn and his mother, Donna-Jean, came early to get a good spot behind the rope, hoping Charles would do just what he did and pause for a few words.

The mother-son duo are taking the day off work and school to follow the royals around today, much like they did when Queen Elizabeth came in 2010.

"I was this close to shaking her hand," said Riley, 15.

Also at the legislature to see the couple was dedicated royal-watcher D.J. Bonneville, who also plans to come back for the more formal walkabout this evening.

"I have the binocs," she declared. "I'm ready."

Today will bring similarly grey weather but more stops all over town, as the couple visit, together and separately, Assiniboine Park Zoo to feed Hudson the polar bear, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, a downtown innovation hub and Red River College, among nearly a dozen locations.

"I hope they have their Dr. Scholl's on and that they have a good breakfast," said Bonneville.

The final stop will be the best place for the public to see Charles and Camilla -- the walkabout at the Manitoba legislature in the evening, where Charles is expected to speak.

The couple landed a few minutes early at 17 Wing and were greeted by a row of local politicians such as Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Premier Greg Selinger, Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Mayor Sam Katz, all trailed by a gaggle of reporters, military personnel, security and handlers.

It was a windy and drizzly arrival, and Camilla struggled with her umbrella.

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 Philip, who visited several years ago amid huge crowds.

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

Among those who watched the arrival up close were the Batenchuks, whose son Barret was a member of the honour guard that marched to greet the royal couple as they deplaned.

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

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 later that night.

maryagnes.welch@freepress.mb.ca

 

Today's itinerary (selected)

10:20 a.m. Charles and Camilla arrive at the Stevenson Hangar at Red River College at 2280 Saskatchewan Ave. to meet young people at an Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day event and tour. Charles will also speak.

11:35 a.m. Charles and Camilla tour the Winnie the Pooh Gallery at the Pavilion Gallery Museum at Assiniboine Park. They are to meet with children and learn about Pooh's connection to Winnipeg.

12 p.m. Charles visits the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre at the new Journey to Churchill exhibition at the Assiniboine Park Zoo to meet Hudson the polar bear and participate in "positive-reinforcement training," which involves feeding the resident bears. He will meet with children and unveil a plaque.

12:15 p.m. Camilla visits the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where she will learn about the RWB's 75-year history and view demonstrations of the RWB's Outreach and ExplorAbility programs, as well as a pas de deux by students.

12:55 p.m. Charles and Camilla visit Place Bernadette Poirier, 210 Kenny St., to mark the opening of the facility. The $8.9-million apartment complex has half of its 28 units reserved for people with mental-health issues.

1:45 p.m. Charles arrives at Innovation Alley, along Adelaide Street from McDermot Avenue to William Avenue in the Exchange District, to meet local entrepreneurs.

4 p.m. Charles meets with His Royal Highness's Regiments, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the Air Reserve of Canada at the Fairmont Hotel.

4:30 p.m. Charles presents long-service medals to RCMP members at the Fairmont Hotel.

6:05 p.m. Camilla meets with representatives of the Queen's Own Rifles Regiment at the Fairmont Winnipeg hotel.

7 p.m. Charles and Camilla take part in an Order of Manitoba investiture at the Manitoba legislature. Charles is to speak.

7:55 p.m. Official farewell ceremony, with full military honours, a 21-gun salute and an inspection of the Guard of Honour at the front of the legislative building. Charles and Camilla will also do a walk-about on the east front sidewalk before they depart.

8:40 p.m. Charles and Camilla visit a 1928 Fokker Super Universal, a heritage aircraft recently restored by the Western Canada Aviation Museum, on the tarmac of Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg.

8:55 p.m. Charles and Camilla leave CFB Winnipeg for England.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21, 2014 A3

 

An enthusiastic crowd waitied patiently for an appearance of Prince Charles and Camilla at the Legislature Wednesday evening.
An enthusiastic crowd waitied patiently for an appearance of Prince Charles and Camilla at the Legislature Wednesday evening.
Kiri MacAulay, 3, on her dad Scott's shoulders waiting outside the legislature for Prince Charles and Camilla.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrive at the Manitoba Legislature for the Order of Manitoba ceremony Wednesday.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla sit with Man. Lt. Governor Philip Lee at the Manitoba Legislature for the Order of Manitoba ceremony.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Prime Minister Stephen Harper with his wife Laureen leave the Manitoba Legislature Wednesday.
Prince Charles and Camilla leave the legislature in Winnipeg Wednesday evening for a walkabout and military honours.
Prince Charles makes his way through to inspect the honour guard after a walkabout at the legislature.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla wave as they leave Winnipeg Wednesday.
At left, Prime Minister Stephen Harper invites Prince Charles to the podium at the ceremony in the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning.
From left, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen, Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall at the Stevenson Hangar ceremonies.
Prince Charles at the podium at the ceremony in the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall receives flowers from Avery Good, Ethan Enns and Ryan Petricig, three grade six scientists from Brant Argyle School in Argyle, MB. at the ceremony in the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning. Their  science experiment was sent to the international Space Station to study how to protect astronauts from cancer caused by radiation.
At right, Barb Bowen presents Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall a flight jacket for Prince George at the ceremony in the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning.
At right, Barb Bowen presents Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall a flight jacket and a t-shirt for Prince George at the ceremony in the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning.
In Centre, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Prince Charles and Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves to children at the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shake hands on their departure from the Stevenson Hangar Wednesday morning.   Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press May 21 2014
His Royal Highness Prince Charles royal plate on his car during his visit to Winnipeg.
Kay Muir took her baby granddaughter Clara to see the prince in Assiniboine park Wednesday morning.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, receives flowers from children outside of the Assiniboine Credit Union following a visit to learn about the institution in Winnipeg Wednesday.
From left, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Artistic Director Andre Lewis, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Laureen Harper and Shelly Glover, MP watch an RWB outreach movement workshop with children from Art City during their tour of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet building on Wednesday.
From left, Ron Lemieux, MLA and Minister of Tourism, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Artistic Director Andre Lewis and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch an RWB outreach movement workshop with children from Art City.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with RWB Artistic Director Andre Lewis between dancers Katie Bonnell (left) and Anna O'Callaghan at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet tour.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and MP Shelly Glover unveil the new silver collector coin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall received flowers from young dancers Ava Skromeda, left and Lynea Turner after she helped to unveil the new silver collector coin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Wednesday morning.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with RWB Artistic Director Andre Lewis during Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet building visit. At right is the new silver collector coin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles attends Red River College downtown campus Wednesday afternoon in Winnipeg.
Kids from École Précieux-Sang wait to get a glimpse of His Royal Highness Prince Charles at  Place Bernadette Poirer, before he officially opened the supportive housing project for people with mental health issues.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles as he visits Place Bernadette Poirer.
Prince Charles meets residents of Place Bernadette Poirer .
Prince Charles at Place Bernadette Poirer.
The Duchess of Cornwall  gets flowers from Meagan Gillis, 12 and her sister Jillian, 8 , as they leave the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery.
Prince Charles feeds Hudson the polar bear at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at the Pooh Gallery, which houses a collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia, including the first painting of Winnie the Pooh by E.H. Shepherd,
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, meets a group of children at the Pooh Gallery.
Prince Charles greets the crowd at the The Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery.
Laureen Harper looks on as Prince Charles accepts a flight jacket as a gift for his grandson, Prince George, at the Stevenson Hangar at Red River College. The Royal couple met with students at an Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day event.
Prince Charles, left, and his wife Camilla throw paper airplanes with Prime Minister Stephen Harper (obscured) at the Stevenson Hangar.
Shelly Glover, left, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, with Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles at the Stevenson Hangar.
Prince Charles arrives at the Stevenson Hangar.
Prince Charles signs a guest book in front of his wife Camilla and Lieutenant Governor Philip Lee and his wife Anita at Government House.
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall wave to spectators outside Government House.
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Government house Tuesday evening accompanies by Lt. Gov Philip Lee.
Prince Charles speaks with Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Philip S. Lee, right, as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall operates her umbrella.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are greeted at the airport on a rainy windy day as they arrive in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Prince Charles laughs with Lt. Gov. Philip Lee after a wet and windy arrival.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive on the wet and windy tarmac at CFB Winnipeg Tuesday evening. The royal couple will visit Winnipeg for 27 hours.
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