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1991: Prince Charles and Princess Diana, William and Harry visit Canada

The Story


In the long history of royal visits to Canada, this one may have the most star power. In 1991, royal couple Charles and Diana make a return to Canada, but rumours of marital difficulty have keen-eyed royal watchers analyzing every move. Adding to the buzz, young princes William and Harry are in Ontario as well, making their first foreign visit with their parents. As we see in this clip from The National, it all adds up to a visit that's exciting for fans and a huge headache for organizers.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 23, 1991
Guests: Prince Charles, Diana Spencer
Reporter: Kevin Newman
Duration: 2:14

Did You know?


• Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their two sons visited Canada from Oct. 23 to Oct. 29, 1991. All of their destinations were in Ontario: Toronto, Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Kingston and Ottawa.

 

• In this clip we see Diana's dedication to visiting hospital patients. In 1991, the year of this visit, Diana lost a close friend to AIDS. In July of that year she caused a stir by hugging an AIDS patient at a London hospital, a gesture that was considered brave at the time.

 

• This 1991 royal visit was the last trip to Canada that Charles and Diana would take together. By that time royal watchers were saying that their marriage was essentially over. The royal couple separated in December 1992 and divorced in August 1996.

 

• Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their two sons visited Canada from Oct. 23 to Oct. 29, 1991. All of their destinations were in Ontario: Toronto, Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Kingston and Ottawa.

 


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