Queen’s Whirlwind Royal Tour Rolls Through Winnipeg Saturday

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 30: Queen Elizabeth II looks around as she visits the Canadian Museum of Nature on June 30, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on an eight day tour of Canada starting in Halifax and finishing in Toronto. The trip is to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy and to mark Canada Day. On July 6th The royal couple will make their way to New York where the Queen will address the UN and visit Ground Zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Winnipeg Saturday afternoon as part of her Royal Tour, and will be one of the first passengers to try out the new air terminal building at James Richardson International Airport.

The Queen and Prince Philip will arrive at 12:20 p.m. at Gate 7 and meet with dignitaries, including Premier Greg Selinger and Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee, before the Queen signs a letter to Manitoba’s youth. The letter will be placed in a time capsule and be opened in 2060.

Following a brief ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating the royal couple’s arrival, the Queen and Prince Philip will make their way down an escalator at the still-under-construction air terminal building to collect their luggage.

At 12:55 p.m., the Queen and Prince Philip will make their way from the airport to Government House, where a pre-luncheon reception is scheduled to take place before the Lieutenant-Governor hosts a lunch at 1:50 p.m.

At 4:20 p.m., the Queen and Prince Philip will proceed to the gardens of Government House for a statue unveiling, rededication of the gardens and a walkabout, including a tree planting and plaque unveiling.

At 5:20 p.m., the Queen’s motorcade will arrive at the site for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks, where a musket salute, cornerstone unveiling and dedication, and walkabout will take place.

Twenty minutes later, the Queen and Prince Philip will arrive at the Scotiabank Stage for the Manitoba Homecoming Concert for Human Rights. At 6 p.m., the Queen will address the crowd before departing at 6:05 p.m. for the Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg to head off to Toronto.

Organizers suggest the best place for the public to see the Queen is at The Forks beginning at 5:40 p.m.

Those unable to attend in person can follow the Royal Tour via social media on TwitterFlickr and YouTube.

ChrisD.ca will have coverage of the Queen’s visit to Winnipeg, with multiple cameras capturing her journey through the city.




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