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Itinerary - State Visit President of Italy

June 26, 2017 

Governor General of Canada to Welcome
His Excellency Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic 

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will welcome His Excellency Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic, to Rideau Hall on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, on the occasion of the President’s State visit to Canada. 

The detailed itinerary of the events involving the Governor General and President Mattarella can be found below: 

10 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will be held at Rideau Hall. The President of the Italian Republic will conduct an inspection of a guard of honour.  Both the Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this occasion. 
Lower Terrace, Rideau Hall Gardens

10:30 a.m.
Meeting between the Governor General and the President of the Italian Republic
Large Drawing Room, Rideau Hall
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR POOL MEDIA ONLY—At the beginning of the meeting 

11 a.m.
Ceremonial Tree Planting
The President will plant a tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall to commemorate his State visit to Canada. The tree will be a Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) and will also mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Italy.

Over 140 commemorative trees grace the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general of Canada. They mark visits by members of the Royal Family, heads of State and other dignitaries.
Rideau Hall Grounds (near the intersection of the main drive and Thomas Lane)

7 p.m.
State Dinner
In honour of the President’s visit to Canada, Their Excellencies will host a State dinner at Rideau Hall. The Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Ballroom, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO POOL MEDIA ONLY—Official photo at 6:30 p.m., in the Reception Room, and remarks at the beginning of the State dinner, in the Ballroom. 


Media accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery must confirm
their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. It is requested that  members of the media arrive no later than 1 hour prior to official events. For more information on accreditation, contact the Parliamentary Press Gallery
at 613-992-6517.

Media information

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)

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