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

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Monday, May 19, 2014


It gives me and my wife, Sharon, great pleasure to welcome you to the province of Nova Scotia and to Canada.

We are particularly delighted to greet you on Victoria Day, which Canadians have been celebrating since 1845—back when Canada itself was just a province!

This holiday is a reminder of the deep and enduring ties that exist between Canadians and the Royal Family. It is a connection that Your Royal Highnesses are committed to strengthening.

This will be your third visit to Canada in the past five years. Besides beautiful Nova Scotia, you will visit communities in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, where I am certain that you will once again experience all of the hospitality and warmth that Canadians have to offer.

Your tour also coincides with a number of important milestones: the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which led to Confederation; the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War; and the 75th anniversary of the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

I also understand that you will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Winnie the Bear—the Canadian cub that inspired A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh!

I am pleased to note that your visit includes events highlighting some notable, present-day successes, which look ahead to our bright future.

I am certain  you will witness the remarkable talent, generosity and drive of Canadians everywhere you go.

Your visit means a great deal to us. Even in this age of instant, global communications, there is no substitute for a smile, a greeting or a moment of shared humanity. Our personal ties are the foundation of our smart and caring society.

As governor general of Canada, it is my privilege and honour to act on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, who has so capably served Canada for more than six decades.

The Crown occupies a central place in the life of this country, and I thank you, Your Royal Highnesses, for the role you play in our constitutional monarchy.

I would also like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make this visit possible, as well as all of you who have come out today to offer Their Royal Highnesses such a warm, Maritime welcome.

I hope you have a wonderful, memorable stay in Canada.

Happy Victoria Day, everyone!