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2014 Royal Visit

Legislature visit marks final stop of Royal Tour

Prince Charles and Premier Greg Selinger opened Sara Riel's Place Bernadette Poirier in St. Boniface today, marking supportive housing for people with mental-health issues.

"I can't tell you how much I appreciate the enormous amount of effort that so many people have put into this project," the Prince said at a reception of about 120 people.

"It's a wonderful example of so many people working together for such an imaginative and valuable project. I do hope it makes it makes an enormous difference to people's lives in this part of Winnipeg."

The 28-unit Place Bernadette on Kenny Street is operated by Sara Riel, a non-profit organization established by the Grey Nuns. It cost $8.9 million to build.

Sister Jean Ell said it was a pleasure to have the Prince mark the opening.

"We need double, triple this," she said of more affordable housing for less fortunate Manitobans. "It's disrespectful to clients to put them in a garbage dump type of place."

On her own at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet this afternoon, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, chatted with dancers and front desk staff, asking them how long they'd been with the RWB. She also took in a pas de deux performed by two young dancers, checked out some tutus and accepted a watercolour sketch by artist Shannon Lovelace.

More than a dozen developmentally challenged people also demonstrated a series of dance dance moves for the Duchess, using wheelchairs and walkers.

"How long have you been coming?" Camilla asked one gentleman in a motorized wheelchair. "Do you find it helps you?"

Prior to her visit to the RWB, Prince Charles and Camilla toured a small gallery of artwork, books and other materials connected to Winnie The Bear today during their whirlwind tour of Winnipeg.

The couple arrived at the Pavilion at Assiniboine Park to loud cheers from about 150 well-wishers.

Inside, the royal couple learned about the bear's connection to Winnipeg. The bear is named after Winnipeg, who inspired the Winnie The Pooh stories.

They also looked at an oil painting of the bear staring into a honey pot from the 1930 by Ernest Shepard and a photo of the original bear.

They looked at drawings by illustrator Ernest Shepard

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall receives flowers from Meagan Gillis, 12, and her sister Jillian, 8, as the royal couple leaves the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery Wednesday in Winnipeg.

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall receives flowers from Meagan Gillis, 12, and her sister Jillian, 8, as the royal couple leaves the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery Wednesday in Winnipeg. Photo Store

"They're so familiar," Charles said to Camilla.

They also met with five children and some adults who were reading stories. Camilla knelt down and talked to one child.

Outside, sisters Meagan and Jillian Gillis presented the Duchess of Cornwall with a bouquet of sweet peas, carnations and roses.

"She said thank you for the flowers," Jillian, 8, said.

"We'll remember this the rest of our lives," Meagan, 12, said.

Prince Charles also chatted briefly with veteran Peter Corcoran, who served in the Parachute Regiment, of which he said Prince Charles is the supreme commander.

"He said, 'I see you're keeping yourself pretty fit,'" Corcoran, 73, said.

The smell of wood chips and a docile and cooperative polar bear greeted Prince Charles as he arrived at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

His Royal Highness got up close to Hudson the polar bear, feeding him capelin, a type of fish, through a fence with the use of tongs.

The feeding was part of a positive reinforcement training exercise in which zookeepers coax the bears to put their paws on the fence so they can examine them.

The exercise went without a hitch as Hudson did as expected and received his reward. Just to make sure the bear co-operated zoo staff had withheld part of Hudson's meal earlier. He was to receive the rest of his feeding after the prince departed.

Charles asked questions about Hudson, including whether he is fully grown. The bear seemed to take the royal attention in stride, unfazed by either His Royal Highness or the gaggle of reporters and photographers following him.

While touring the soon-to-be opened Journey to Churchill Exhibit, Prince Charles also met the Grade 4 class from Angus McKay School and received a painting of an owl from aboriginal painter and sculptor Allan Chapman, whose artwork is on display at the Seal Gallery at the zoo.

Several dozen people lined the entrance to the bear enclosure waiting for a glimpse of the prince. They were rewarded with a close-up view. Charles made a joke about ruining their phones and cameras as he strolled by.

"It was very cool," said Breanna Millhouse, a Grade 12 student from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate who attended with members of her school.

From left: MP Shelly Glover, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Red River College.

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From left: MP Shelly Glover, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Red River College. Photo Store

Earlier, Prince Charles told a group of school children and dignitaries this morning Manitoba has changed a lot since his last visit in 1996.

"But what has not most assuredly changes is the vitality of the province," he said, in his first speech of the day.

Dozens of elementary school kids were on hand to greet the couple at Red River College's Stevenson Hangar, waving flags and hooting for the television cameras.

Charles and Camilla walked through the hanger, checking out the small aircraft, as Manitoba's senior federal minister Shelly glover and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson trailed behind, their hands clasped demurely.

The Stevenson Hangar is where Red River students train to work in the aerospace industry. Normally the hangar is even more jammed with half-deconstructed helicopters and airplanes, but staff, who joked they were on hand in case the power went out, said the place had been tidied up for the royal visit.

Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald had a brief chat with the prince as he made his way through the handshake line.

"Jobs and the economy? You must also care a lot about all these children and what they're going to do in the future," Charles said to Oswald.

"They are splendid, every one, and so excited to see you."

Oswald said she met the Queen years ago and wasn't expecting to be starstruck, but said the Queen was like a rock star. This time, Oswald said she knew what to expect.

"My heart was pounding," she said.

Charles spoke briefly about the need to fill the skills gap and said the issue is one he's been working on, but that it is like "pushing water up a hill." Technical training programs such as Red River College's fit the bill.

He also praised the "wonderful, patient, energetic teachers" on hand to corral the kids.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who announced two donations to charities close to the Prince's heart, welcomed the royals to Winnipeg.

"The day we all threw paper airplanes with their royal highnesses is one we won't soon forget," said Harper.

The royals also got a gift for Prince George, a baby-sized flight jacket. That sparked a collective "awww" from the crowd of kids.

 

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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Updated on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM CDT: Updates with comments from Prince Charles, Stephen Harper

11:39 AM: Adds video, adds slideshow

11:45 AM: Adds that royal couple on way to Assiniboine Park

12:47 PM: Updates with royal couple's visit to Assiniboine Park, adds photo

1:27 PM: Updates with Camilla's visit to RWB

1:43 PM: Updates slideshow, more on visit to zoo.

2:11 PM: Updates with Prince Charles opening Sara Riel's Place Bernadette Poirier in St. Boniface.

3:07 PM: Slideshow updated.

10:49 PM: Slideshow updated, adds new video

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