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What Prince Charles and Camilla are doing in Ottawa Wednesday

Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, will continue a three-day Canadian tour alongside the Duchess of Cornwall in Ottawa on Wednesday. 

Stops planned at Rideau Hall, National War Memorial, Ukrainian church and Vanier school

Prince Charles's past Canadian visits

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Prince Charles first visited Canada in 1970 at the age of 22

Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, will continue a three-day Canadian tour alongside the Duchess of Cornwall in Ottawa on Wednesday. 

The tour marks the Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II's record 70th year on the throne.

No events are listed by the federal government as open to the public. CBC has reached out to Canadian Heritage and Rideau Hall for clarity.

Police and the city have not said what effects the visit may have on Ottawa's traffic and city services. Rolling road closures have been common during past dignitary visits.

The morning

To start their first visit to the capital since 2017, Charles will be invested as an extraordinary commander of the Order of Military Merit by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon at Rideau Hall, alongside the vice-chief of the defence staff.

At the National War Memorial on Elgin Street around 10:50 a.m. ET, the royal duo will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and one minute of silence. It's the only event on their itinerary with a time attached.

They will then meet with members and organizations from the Canadian Ukrainian community at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral near the west end of Byron Avenue.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana visit Ottawa June 21, 1983. Their first visit to Canada as a couple.

The afternoon

A walk around the downtown ByWard Market with a group including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was a late addition to the public schedule.

WATCH | The tour of the market: 

Prince Charles and Camilla tour Ottawa's ByWard Market

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the ByWard Market during their trip to Ottawa on Wednesday, stopping to talk to several vendors and greeting members of the public.

The prince and duchess will then visit Assumption Elementary School in Vanier to talk about the importance of literacy and talk to parents of students.

Next, they'll attend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, walk through the RCMP stables with the RCMP commissioner, and witness a special performance.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive in Ottawa as part of a three-day Canadian tour May 17, 2022. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

In mid-afternoon Charles will visit a group supporting veterans and young people with a special focus on green jobs. He will then visit a group of women who fled conflict in Afghanistan, along with resettlement workers.

Wrapping up the afternoon, Charles will meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall and talk to a group of Canadian stakeholders about the importance of sustainable finance in fighting climate change.

WATCH | Archival footage from April 1996: Prince Charles lands in Ottawa for solo visit

Prince Charles lands in Ottawa for solo visit

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The Prince of Wales embarks on a trip to Canada that will take him to three provinces over seven days.

The evening

Charles will meet with the Governor General again before attending a Platinum Jubilee reception.

The couple visit Newfoundland and Labrador Tuesday before flying to Ottawa in the evening. On Thursday, they say goodbye to Ottawa and finish their visit in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

With files from Joseph Tunney

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