The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will trek 2,000 miles for the trip, which is in honor of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.
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Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are setting their sights on their next royal tour. The couple is headed for Canada, where they will visit several towns between May 17 and 19; they will trek over 2,000 miles across the provinces in celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee—which marks the monarch's 70 years on the throne.

"Their Royal Highnesses will have the chance to meet with, listen to, and celebrate with Canadians from coast to coast to coast," Chris Fitzgerald, Deputy Private Secretary for the prince, said on Tuesday, People reports. "To celebrate The Queen's outstanding example of service over seven decades, Their Royal Highnesses are particularly looking forward to meeting some of the many Canadians who have served in their own communities over the years and most recently through the pandemic."

"Throughout the tour, Their Royal Highnesses will take the opportunity to continue to engage with Indigenous communities," Fitzgerald added. "Over five decades, HRH continues to learn from Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. He recognizes their deep ties to the land and water and the critical traditional knowledge they hold to restore harmony between people and nature."

The pair's journey will begin in St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador on May 17 with a welcome ceremony. After Prince Charles gives a speech, the royal couple will join "in a solemn moment of reflection and prayer at the Heart Garden, on the grounds of Government House, with Indigenous leaders and community members in the spirit of reconciliation," Fitzgerald said on Tuesday. "Heart Gardens are in memory of all Indigenous children who were lost to the residential school system, in recognition of those who survived, and the families of both." Plus, in Newfoundland, Prince Charles and Camilla will stop by the Quidi Vidi, where beer is made from iceberg water.

From there, the duo will go on to Ottawa on May 18, where they will meet members of the Ukrainian community and join them in prayer. "Continuing to recognize Canada's long history of welcoming those seeking refuge and a better life, Their Royal Highnesses will visit a school in Vanier, one of Ottawa's vibrant francophone communities, where children and parents from across the world are being supported and welcomed as New Canadians," noted Fitzgerald.

Yellowknife, in the Northwestern Territories, is another area that the couple plans to visit. Prince Charles will go to the "ice road" to learn more about how climate change is impacting the Indigenous communities. Camilla will spend time at a shelter for women and children during this stop. The tour will end at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, opened by the Prince in 1979, in celebration of the culture and history of local Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories. "Altogether, in the Jubilee Year, the tour is a chance to continue their long connection with Canadians, to listen to and learn from communities across Canada, and to celebrate service in the spirit of Her Majesty's Jubilee," Fitzgerald shared.


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