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Welcoming Ceremony for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, Monday, May 21, 2012


Let me begin by welcoming Your Royal Highnesses to Canada. As always, it is an honour to have you on Canadian soil.

We are simply delighted that you are able to join us as we continue to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. The idea of service is important—one with which you are well familiar. For 60 years, Her Majesty has served her country, Canada and the entire Commonwealth. She has done so with wisdom, dignity and respect.

It is particularly significant that you join us on Victoria Day. This celebrates not only one of your ancestors, but also the only other monarch in Canada’s history to mark 60 years on the Throne.

Your Highness’s visit is an opportunity for Canadians to express our admiration to The Queen for her years of dedicated service, and to your own commitment to our global well-being. You have lent your support to so many life-changing charities and so many caring causes.

In this country, Prince’s Charities Canada focuses on some of your core interests, including improving the lives of disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, the environment and heritage. Like your mother, you have brought hope to people around the world. You have given service new meaning.

We also know that Canada holds a special place in your heart, especially right here at CFB Gagetown. Here, you were posted years ago. And so this must seem somewhat of a homecoming for you.

The members of our Canadian Forces are some of the finest examples of service that we have, and your presence among them is a testament to their hard work and their valour.

We hope you feel warmly at home here and across the entirety of Canada.

We know that as you travel this country, you will be greeted with the warmth for which Canadians are known. And we are sure that you will rediscover how Canadians value our history, our ties to the Crown and our respect for the reign of Her Majesty.

Welcome, once again, to Canada. Welcome home.