WINNIPEG – When Prince Charles and Camilla arrive in Winnipeg at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, they’ll bring a spotlight to local organizations.
Chats with schoolchildren and dignitaries, tours of local attractions and visits with community groups are the staple of every royal tour – but for those who get to shine in the royal reflection, it’s a valued chance to show off what they do.
“It’s good for the city of Winnipeg and it’s good for business as well,” said Carol Bigold, one of the co-owners of High Tea Bakery, which is preparing dainties for the visit. “It’s a great honour.”
While High Tea Bakery, which has prepared its signature Imperial cookies for royals before, including Queen Elizabeth, gets publicity for the business, others will get exposure for non-profit endeavours.
GlobalNews.ca will live stream Charles’ and the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the Stevenson Hangar at Red River College at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, where they’ll meet elementary school students participating in Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day activities. Students who developed the first elementary school project from Canada to go to the International Space Station will be at the event, which is also designed to highlight local achievements in aerospace and aviation.
A visit to the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo, which will also be live streamed at GlobalNews.ca, will showcase research, education and conservation efforts as well as giving Prince Charles a chance to feed polar bears in the exhibit, which opens to the public in July.
Housing for homeless people, education initiatives, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the military and new inductees into the Order of Manitoba are among the others who will share the royals’ the spotlight.
The full schedule of activities Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend while they’re in Winnipeg:
Tuesday, May 20
6:05 p.m. Arrival at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg
6:40 p.m. Government House reception with Premier Greg Selinger and other notables.
Wednesday, May 21
11:35 a.m. Tour of the Winnie the Pooh Gallery at Assiniboine Park’s Pavillion Gallery Museum. The Fort Garry Horse will present six Winnie the Bear stuffed animals to Prince Charles for his grandchildren. Dr. Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian who served with the Fort Garry Horse in the First World War, brought the live Winnie the bear to England while he was serving and gave him to the London Zoo. The bear was visited by Christopher Robin Milne and was the original inspiration for A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.
12:15 p.m. Camilla visits the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to celebrate its 75th anniversary and learn about outreach programs for low-income children and adults with limited mobility.
12:55 p.m. Prince Charles officially opens Place Bernadette Poirier, affordable housing for people with mental-health needs and who have been homeless.
1:45 p.m. Prince Charles visits Innovation Alley, a non-profit startup community that provides work space and equipment for young entrepreneurs, inventors and artists in an Exchange District warehouse.
1:45 p.m. Camilla meets with representatives of Assiniboine Credit Union to learn about the business model.
2:50 p.m. Prince Charles visits Red River College to attend a meeting about sustainable urban development.
4 p.m. Prince Charles meets with representatives of his regiments the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the Air Reserve of Canada at the Fairmont Hotel.
4:30 p.m. Prince Charles, who is honorary commissioner of the RCMP, presents long service medals to Mounties.
6:05 p.m. Camilla meets with representatives of the Queen’s Own Rifles regiment at the Fairmont.
7 p.m. Prince Charles and Camilla participate in an Order of Manitoba investiture at the Manitoba Legislative Building. The new members are:
7:55 p.m. Official farewell to Canada and Manitoba with full military honours, a 21-gun salute and an inspection of the Guard of Honour
8:40 p.m. Administrative departure from Canada and Manitoba, which will include viewing a recently restored 1928 Fokker Super Universal
8:55 p.m. Departure from CFB Winnipeg
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