Prince Charles and Camilla were left chuckling as they faced blustery weather after landing in Ottawa during their whirlwind trip to Canada.
The tour, which is the 19th the heir-to-the-throne has undertaken to Canada, will see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall travel more than 2,000 miles from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Northwest Territories over three days this week.
But the couple faced a windy arrival as they landed in Ottawa yesterday, with both Charles and Camilla clinging to their aircraft’s stairs as they made their way down onto the runway.
The Duchess also faced a battle with a scarf which she had wrapped around her head, apparently in an effort to keep her hair tidy.
Members of the Royal Family have been undertaking tours across the 14 other realms which have the Queen as their head of state to mark the 96-year-old’s Platinum Jubilee, while she remains in England at Windsor Castle.
Prince Charles and Camilla were left chuckling as they faced blustery weather after landing in Ottawa during their whirlwind trip to Canada
The Duchess faced a battle with a scarf which she had wrapped around her head, apparently in an effort to keep her hair tidy (left and right)
In the snaps, Prince Charles can be seen wearing a smart blue suit, walking in front of Camilla down the stairs of their air craft.
Meanwhile the Duchess wrapped up in a forest green coat for the occasion, which she paired with black leather gloves and long black boots.
The royal had swept her brown scarf around her hair as she stepped out of the aircraft, carefully holding it in place with one hand.
However she appeared to see the funny side in the weather, and could be seen cracking a smile as she made her way down the steps.
The tour will see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess travel more than 2,000 miles from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Northwest Territories over three days this week.
The appearance from the couple comes after Prince Charles said it is time to find new ways to’come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of Canada’s past’ as he addressed reconciliation in his first speech on the royal tour.
Charles made the remarks during the official welcome ceremony at the Confederation Building in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador –the first stop on his and Camilla’s whirlwind three-day tour marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Prince Charles was urged to apologise for the treatment of indigenous communities in Canada on behalf of the monarchy as he and Camilla touched down on Tuesday.
Cassidy Caron, National Council President of the Metis people, said she intended to raise the issue personally with the heir to the throne when they meet on Wednesday.
Prince Charles opted for a smart blue suit as he stepped out of the plane at the airport yesterday, shaking hands with a member of staff as he arrived
The couple faced a windy arrival as they landed in Ottowa, with both Charles and Camilla clinging to their aircraft’s stairs as they made their way down onto the runway
Meanwhile the Duchess, who was in high spirits during the arrival, kept her hand to her neck as she secured her scarf in place (left and right)
Mary Teegee, executive director of child and family services at Carrier Sekani Family Services in the province of British Columbia, said:’They also have to understand that they are not the leaders in our nation,’ adding that recognition of the harms of colonisation are needed rather than just a’trite’ apology.
The pressure comes after two recent royal visits to the Caribbean –by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex –attracted criticism for promoting’colonialism’ and calls for reparations over Britain’s role in the historic slave trade.
Still, Charles and Camilla received a very warm welcome from cheering crowds, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and senior leaders from indigenous groups.
Delivering a speech in both English and French, Charles referred directly to the process of reconciliation in Canada, talking about’our collective need’ to come to terms with the’darker and more difficult aspects of the past’.
Having arrived to blustery weather in Ottawa, the Duchess of Cornwall appeared to chuckle with laughter
The royal opted for a smart forest green coat for the outing, which she paired with black suede boots and matching leather gloves
He said:’However, as we look to our collective future, as one people sharing one planet, we must find new ways to come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past: acknowledging, reconciling and striving to do better. It is a process that starts with listening.’
He continued:’I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to discuss with the Governor General the vital process of reconciliation in this country – not a one-off act, of course, but an ongoing commitment to healing, respect and understanding.
‘I know that our visit here this week comes at an important moment – with indigenous and non-indigenous peoples across Canada committing to reflect honestly and openly on the past and to forge a new relationship for the future …’
He added that he and his wife’look forward to listening to you and learning about the future you are working to build.’
The appearance from the couple comes after Prince Charles said it is time to find new ways to’come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of Canada’s past’ as he addressed reconciliation in his first speech on the royal tour
‘As so often in the history of this country and her people, Canadians have embarked on a journey that demands commitment and courage. My wife and I could hardly be more privileged to travel part of this journey with you and we are deeply grateful for your warm welcome, which we will carry with us throughout this entire tour.’
The UK enjoys a warm relationship with Canada, where the Queen is head of state, and whose Platinum Jubilee Charles and Camilla’s three-day visit is designed to celebrate.
But the country has been coming to terms with the grim discovery last year of hundreds of human remains in unmarked graves at former church-run schools, institutions to which indigenous children were forcibly relocated for generations.
From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools in an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society.
Thousands of children died of disease and other causes, with many never returned to their families.
The Canadian government has acknowledged that physical and sexual abuse was rampant in the schools, with students beaten for speaking their native languages.