Nunavut Welcomes Prince Charles And Duchess of Cornwall For Canada 150

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They’ve arrived! The royal couple touched down in Nunavut to help kick off the Canada 150 celebrations.

Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived to great fanfare in Iqaluit, Nunavut where the royal couple will spend a whirlwind three hours and 25 minutes today (June 29) taking part in Canada 150 celebrations. The festivities mark the first stop on their three-day tour of Canada.

This marks the Prince of Wales’ 18th trek to Canada and the fourth for the Duchess of Cornwall. The last time Charles visited Nunavut was in 1970, when it was still part of the Northwest Territories. The royal couple last visited Canada in May 2014 when they visited Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

Kicking off the Canada 150 royal visit was a formal greeting by Governor General David Johnston, Commissioner of Nunavut Nellie Kusugak and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna.

Shortly after Charles and Camilla disembarked from the plane, an official welcoming ceremony kicked off in front of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, and concluded with a speech from the Prince of Wales himself.

Charles, who has a keen interest in preserving Indigenous languages, will later attend an event promoting Inuit languages. The event will give the royal an opportunity to repay a group of Inuit who travelled to Wales last year to discuss standardizing written Welsh and Inuktitut.

The royal couple will later part ways to attend separate events—the Prince of Wales will stop by the Nunavut Research Institute while the Duchess of Cornwall is a special guest at a women and wellness event focused on suicide and nutrition.

At 2 p.m., Charles and Camilla will participate in a community feast at Sylvia Grinnell territorial park to take in local performances and share tea with elders before hopping back on the plane heading to Trenton, Ont.