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Prince Charles and Camilla in Canada for royal tour

Prince Charles and Camilla arriving in Canada Image copyright AP
Image caption The trip is the third time Charles and Camilla have visited Canada as a couple

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Canada for the start of a four-day royal tour.

Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by dignitaries and the waiting media ahead of dozens of engagements across three provinces.

They flew into Halifax, Nova Scotia, on board a Canadian Forces Airbus.

The royals will attend events including one marking the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference which led to the Canadian Confederation.

Grand parade

After stepping off the plane, the duchess was presented with flowers by Grace Elizabeth Lenihan, aged three, and her nine-year-old sister Molly Jane.

The royals were presented to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Chief Superintendent Brian Brennan, before leaving for a reception with the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston.

They chatted informally with the governor general at a photocall at Halifax's Government House.

To mark the royal tour, Prince Charles has been appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada some 57 years after his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was given the same honour.

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Image caption The royal standard of the Prince of Wales flew as the couple arrived
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Image caption Camilla was presented with flowers by two young sisters aged three and nine
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Image caption Prince Charles and Camilla met the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and his wife Sharon

There had been fears in recent weeks that the long-scheduled tour might not go ahead following last month's death of Camilla's brother Mark Shand.

The Duchess was left "devastated" by the death of Mr Shand, 62, from a head injury after a fall in New York.

During their visit to Halifax, the royal couple will watch military personnel take part in the Grand Parade on Victoria Day, the Canadian national holiday to mark Queen Victoria's birthday.

The prince will deliver a speech at the parade and lay a wreath at a cenotaph to commemorate those killed in World War One.

Farmers' market

The royal couple will visit a military family resource centre in Halifax which provides support to some 20,000 local servicemen and women and their families.

Charles and Camilla will have tea with World War Two veterans and war brides at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which was where half a million military personnel left for the conflict.

Prince Charles will meet traders at a local farmers' market in Halifax, while the duchess will witness the work of a project that helps victims of domestic violence.

The couple will visit Pictou County for an event to celebrate Celtic heritage in Nova Scotia.

They will travel to Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall in Prince Edward Island and Winnipeg in Manitoba during the tour.

It is the third time they have travelled to Canada together and is Charles's 17th official visit to the country.

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