When Charles met the premier Mr Trudeau apologised for the weather and the prince replied, saying: ‘It’s unbelievable’
The Trudeau charm strikes again! Prince Charles flashes a relaxed smile as he meets for informal talks with Canada’s popular Prime Minister ahead of national celebrations
The Prince of Wales held talks with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The talks were ahead of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Canada
Trudeau apologised for the rainy weather which Charles said was ‘unbelievable’
Yesterday Charles and Camilla met veterans and members of the armed forces
The Prince of Wales has held informal talks with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of national celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of modern Canada’s formation.
Charles met the leader in the capital Ottawa as hundreds of thousands of Canadians gathered in the city centre for the extravaganza, that included speeches from both Mr Trudeau and Charles.
Bono and The Edge, from the band U2, and Shania Twain also played in an afternoon of celebrations.
Thousands streamed onto Parliament Hill, ignoring torrential rain which has turned roads into rivers.
When Charles met the premier Mr Trudeau apologised for the weather and the prince replied, saying: ‘It’s unbelievable.’
The prince, who will one day be king of Canada, told the thousands gathered on Parliament Hill in the capital Ottawa for the open-air celebration: ‘We should be clear and proud that we are celebrating a country that others look to for example.
‘An example of fairness and inclusion; of always striving to be better.
‘Around the word Canada is recognised as a champion of human rights, as a peace-keeper, a responsible steward of the environment and natural resources, and as a powerful and consistent example of diversity and the power of inclusion.’
The heir to the throne ended by telling the crowds ‘happy birthday Canada’.
Mr Trudeau gave a speech to the roaring masses in which he highlighted the diversity and kinship across the country.
However the leader comically forgot to include the state of Alberta in his rundown of the country’s territories.
‘We may live in British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland or Laborador…but we embrace that diversity while knowing in our hearts we are all Canadians,’ he said to during his speech at Rideau Hall.
Bono of the band U2 praised Canada’s attitude towards immigration when he took the stage.
The Irish rock star told the crowd: ‘Whether you’ve just arrived from Syria or your roots go back thousands of years, this is your home and we are grateful guests in it.
‘Where others build walls you open doors, when others divide you arms are open wide, where you lead others follow – that’s the real reason The Edge and myself are here.’
After the meeting with the Prime Minister, Gov. Gen. David Johnston presented Charles with the insignia of companion of the Order of Canada, kicking off a jam-packed day of events to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Charles, who was being recognized for his global philanthropy, was at Rideau Hall with his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to kick off the final day of their royal visit, which culminates in Canada Day.
Prince Charles and Camilla also visited the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec before the prince moved on to a peacekeeping monument in Ottawa for a ceremonial guard inspection.
On the trip Charles tried his hand at a computer game, that responded to the gamer’s movements, during a visit to Shopify, a tech company in the Canadian capital.
Designed by computer science undergraduate Anna Malchow-Perryman it challenged users to move a marble around a maze, and she made it look easy when she gave a demonstration.
When the heir to the throne took on the challenge he moved forward, swayed, then stepped backwards and forwards again and exasperated said “come on” as the virtual marble refused to move.
But, like a man trying to keep his balance on a frozen lake, Charles eventually got the hang of it and was given a round of applause.
On Friday, the royal couple met veterans and serving members of the armed forces, before taking part in a minute’s silence to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.
Camilla met Edward Rose, 92, a former lieutenant with the British Army’s Green Jackets regiment who was captured after D-Day and incarcerated in Spangenberg Castle with Major Bruce Shand and hundreds of fellow officers.
The pair chatted over a glass of wine when the Duchess and the Prince of Wales visited a vineyard near Toronto to meet food and wine producers.
Mr Rose, retired stockbroker who emigrated to Canada after marrying a local woman, said: ‘I was in the second wave that went in after D-Day in 1944 and I was a prisoner for about six or seven months.
‘Spangenberg was supposed to be a place where you couldn’t escape from, there were a lot of people from my regiment who had been captured at Calais and spent five years there.’
‘Where did they get you?’ Camilla asked with a smile when she was introduced to the former officer who described how he was captured on the French-Belgium border at a racecourse.
Months later, with the war coming to an end, they were marched from their jail and a fellow prisoner encouraged them to escape.
When they spent the night in a barn, a soldier who spoke German told the guards – who wanted to return to their families – they were leaving and the men met no resistance.
Camilla’s father served with the 12th Lancers during the Second World War.
He was awarded the Military Cross in 1940 and again in 1942 for his efforts in France and was later wounded and taken prisoner while fighting in North Africa.
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