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Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Canada in May

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting Canada in May as part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee this year.

Trip part of Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration, Clarence House says

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are seen at Canada Day celebrations as the country marked its 150th birthday, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on July 1, 2017. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting Canada in May as part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee this year.

Queen Elizabeth marked 70 years as monarch in early February.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be making stops in Newfoundland, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories during their tour, according to a news release from Clarence House.

More details regarding the trip will be released at a later date, the news release said.

Prince Charles meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall in Ottawa during his last tour of the country in 2017. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he looked forward to welcoming the royal couple next month.

"They will have the wonderful opportunity of seeing first-hand the diversity and kindness of Canadians and the beauty of our abundant natural landscapes that make us proud to call our country home," he said in a statement.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon also released a statement saying she was looking forward to welcoming the couple.

"This visit is a chance for us to showcase the evolution of our country, our diverse and inclusive society, as well as the resilience of Indigenous communities," she said in her statement.

The Prince and Duchess last visited Canada in 2017 during the country's 150th anniversary of Confederation, where they made stops in Ottawa, Iqaluit and the military base in Trenton, Ont.

Canada visit follows controversial Caribbean tour

The announcement follows a royal tour that saw Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visit Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in February, in a bid to shore up ties between Britain and those countries.

Instead, the trip drew protests and public demands for reparations for slavery, and saw unexpected news from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness that his country plans to cut ties with the monarchy and become a republic.

In doing so, Jamaica would become the second Caribbean country to cut ties with Queen Elizabeth in recent years — following the lead of Barbados, which did so in 2021.

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet Holness, pose for a picture with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on Day 5 of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean, at his office in Kingston, Jamaica, on March 23. (Jane Barlow/Pool/Reuters)

With files from Geoff Nixon

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