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2001: Prince Charles on the prairie

The Story

Regina is a capital fit for royalty in April 2001 as Prince Charles visits Saskatchewan for the first time. Armed with flags, gifts and cameras about 1,000 people turn out to get a glimpse of the prince. There is a slight hitch when a labour dispute strikes the hotel Charles is to stay at - and then spreads to the alternate hotel as well. But after striking a deal, hotel staff members are thrilled to host him. According to this CBC News report, Charles's itinerary the following day will take him to meet with farmers in Assiniboia, Sask. 

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 26, 2001
Host: Brian Stewart
Reporter: Jo Lynn Sheane
Duration: 2:32

Did You know?

• The dates for Prince Charles's visit to Canada in 2001 were April 25 to 30. He landed first in Ottawa and attended a state dinner at Rideau Hall, then visited Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Assiniboia, all in Saskatchewan. He then went to Whitehorse and Mayo, Yukon and wrapped up the trip with a stop in Toronto for a gala dinner.

• An outbreak of foot and mouth disease (a highly contagious virus that strikes livestock) in the United Kingdom prompted Canadian officials to be very careful when Prince Charles arrived. After stepping off the airplane in Ottawa, he and his entourage had to step on a disinfecting mat for their shoes.

• Charles's next visit to Canada was slated for November 2009. He and his second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were scheduled to spend 10 days in four provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.




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