Prince Charles to visit polar bear in Winnipeg during royal tour
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, leave after meeting young children at a mobile creche in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP / Rajanish Kakade)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 25, 2014 4:26PM EDT
OTTAWA -- A visit to Canada next month by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will include a visit with Hudson the polar bear in Winnipeg.
The royal couple arrive in Halifax on May 18 on a four-day visit that includes stops in Charlottetown and Pictou, N.S.
Prince Charles has four speeches during the visit, the first in Halifax where he will speak at the couple's official welcome in Grand Parade at city hall in Halifax the day after their administrative arrival the previous evening.
The Prince of Wales and the duchess will meet with groups that provide support services to military families at Canadian Forces Base Halifax later on May 19 before attending a celebration of Celtic Appreciation Month in Pictou.
During a visit to the Public Gardens in downtown Halifax, Charles will plant an English oak tree adjacent to the oak tree planted 75 years ago by his grandfather, King George VI.
The couple are also scheduled to visit the National Immigration Museum at Pier 21 in the city where they will meet with war brides and veterans of the Second World War.
They will watch fireworks as part of Victoria Day celebrations in Charlottetown before a full day of events in Prince Edward Island the following day that includes meeting women's organizations, veterans and volunteers at the Cornwall United Church.
Prince Charles and Camilla are also attending a youth parliament at Province House. Prince Edward Island is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which led to Confederation in 1867.
The Prince of Wales is also scheduled to visit Bonshaw Provincial Park in P.E.I., which has a new trail system.
The trip ends on May 21 in Winnipeg, where Prince Charles is scheduled to visit the enclosure where Hudson the polar bear is housed at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Hudson arrived at the zoo 16 months ago and is part of the "Journey to Churchill" exhibit that the prince is also expected to tour.
At the legislature in Winnipeg, the royal couple will participate in the investiture of 14 people in the Order of Manitoba, where Prince Charles will make his final speech of the trip.
This will be the 17th Canadian visit for Prince Charles and the third for the duchess. They were last in Canada in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.