WATCH: Prince Charles feeds Hudson the polar bear
WINNIPEG – Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, wrapped up their tour of Canada in Winnipeg Wednesday with bears, ballet and more.
Charles fed Hudson the polar bear as part of a positive reinforcement training session at the Assiniboine Park Zoo while Camilla toured the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Dr. Brian Joseph, the head of the Winnipeg zoo, chatted with Charles about the zoo and its conservation work after the prince fed Hudson through a fence.
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“We held back some of his breakfast so he would be hungry,” said zookeeper Sean Ellis. Hudson also got a treat — some peanut butter.
Charles also looked at some photos from his visit to Churchill, Man., in 1996, including one of a polar bear carving he was given on that visit.
“I’ve still got that. Very treasured,” the prince said.
The prince also spoke at a ceremony celebrating Manitoba’s aerospace industry, where he was joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Students from Argyle School in Winnipeg met the royal couple at Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day.
“It will be a jaw-dropping moment,” Avery Good said as she waited for Charles’ and Camilla’s arrival. Good was part of an Argyle School elementary class who sent a science experiment to the International Space Station.
Prince Charles later chatted with her and her classmates and mentioned them by name.
“I particularly wanted to say to Ethan Enns, Avery Good and Ryan Petricig – I must say that to have had your experiment performed in space recently is, I think, a remarkable achievement, since only one school at a time can actually get a space on it,” he said in his speech.
The couple chatted with students and industry representatives and got a chance to throw airplanes as they toured the event with Harper and his wife, Laureen.
“It was amazing,” said Cassandra Marsh, a cadet who taught Charles and Camilla how to make and throw a paper airplane. “My heart is still pumping.”
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The pair were also presented with a tiny aviator jacket for their grandson Prince George, who is third in line to the throne.
The Canadian government described the Duchess of Cornwall as wearing a silver blue dress and coat by Fiona Clare in an email to media.
The couple arrived Tuesday night under cloudy skies, light rain and a strong wind.
Underneath umbrellas, they walked along the tarmac and were greeted by local dignitaries, and their motorcade was greeted by several dozen people who stood along the streets toward downtown, waving or snapping pictures.
They ended their day with a small reception at Government House, the official residence of Manitoba’s lieutenant-governor, where a few dozen people stood outside.
Charles spoke for a few minutes with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger about inner-city projects, including the Merchants Hotel, which Prince’s Charities Canada, the Canadian office of the Prince of Wales’ charitable organization, has identified as a project of special interest.
The former rundown bar and hotel is being redeveloped to offer safe, affordable housing. The Manitoba government bought the property for $1.3 million in 2012 and is working with local groups to have it developed.
The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Canada from 17 Wing Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg Wednesday night.
The royal visit to Canada has made headlines in Britain’s Daily Mail for what the tabloid reported was a remark in which Prince Charles likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler when talking to a woman who lost relatives in the Holocaust.
The Daily Mail says Charles made the comment during a visit Monday to the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax.
The newspaper reports museum volunteer Marienne Ferguson as saying her Jewish family fled to Canada from Poland when she was young, but that other relatives failed to flee before the German army arrived in Gdansk in 1939.
It quotes Ferguson as saying she told Charles about her family background and how she came to Canada, and that Charles then said to her: “And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.”
The Canadian Press could not immediately reach Ferguson for comment about the report.
Tensions have grown between Putin and the West since Russia’s annexation of Crimea earlier this year.
— With files from Tamara Forlanski, Global News
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