Officials have released the itinerary for the Queen’s visit to Winnipeg.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be in Winnipeg on July 3 as part of a royal tour of Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on June 15 the itinerary for the Queen’s upcoming tour, including details for the Winnipeg visit.
“All Canadians eagerly anticipate welcoming Her Majesty,” said Harper in a press release.
Premier Greg Selinger released a statement that said Manitobans have planned a number of events for the Queen’s visit.
“I invite Manitobans to warmly welcome the royal couple and participate with enthusiasm in the day’s events,” said Selinger.
The federal government has published information on its website for the Queen’s Canadian tour itinerary.
The full Canadian itinerary is available online at:
The Winnipeg itinerary is listed below (source: Government of Canada).
Saturday, July 3, 2010 – Winnipeg
12:20 p.m. (CDT)
Official Arrival to Winnipeg
The Royal Tour of Manitoba begins when Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be the first official passengers to the airport, entering the terminal via an arrival bridge.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are welcomed by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, His Honour the Honourable Philip S. Lee; the Premier of Manitoba, the Honourable Greg Selinger and other Manitoban dignitaries.
In addition to highlighting the new international airport, the official welcome recognizes the volunteers who help with the daily operation of the airport. Manitoba youth are also honoured; the creation of The Queen Elizabeth II Silverwings Youth Scholarship will promote aviation among Grade 12 students in Manitoba. The Queen also signs a letter addressed to the young people of Manitoba. The letter will be placed in a time capsule, located in the new terminal, to be opened in the year 2060.
Luncheon Offered by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend a luncheon hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at Government House. Built in 1883, this Victorian mansion is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Government House has housed 20 of the province’s 23 Lieutenant Governors.
Statue Unveiling and Tree-Planting Followed by a Walkabout – Public Event
Accompanied by the Premier of Manitoba, The Queen unveils a statue of herself created by the late Leo Mol, Manitoba’s most famous artist and sculptor. Mol created the statue of The Queen for her visit to Manitoba in 1970. It stood in the courtyard of the Manitoba Centennial Centre, but was recently relocated to the garden of Government House.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh also plant a shrub in the Government House garden, to be renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens. This shrub, the Amber Jubilee Ninebark, was specially created in honour of The Queen’s upcoming Diamond Jubilee. The planting will be followed by a walkabout where The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will meet a broad cross-section of Manitobans, including visually-impaired youth, Girl Guides, the Monarchist League and the Manitoba Corgi Association.
Crossing the Esplanade Riel
En route to celebrations for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – the first national museum created in over 40 years – The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive on the Esplanade Riel (pedestrian bridge) at The Forks. They cross the bridge with the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Manitoba, and other dignitaries.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh pass through two Guards of Honour: Voyageurs from the Festival du Voyageur, and La Compagnie de La Vérendrye, representing Winnipeg’s Francophone roots. At The Forks side of the bridge, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by the Sagkeeng First Nation Chief.
The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders active infantry regiment will present The Duke of Edinburgh, its Colonel-in-Chief, with a book about the regiment’s history.
Cornerstone Dedication at The Forks
The Queen dedicates the cornerstone for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. As leader of the Commonwealth, The Queen has long been a champion of human rights, working hard to abolish apartheid in South Africa. She continues to support Canadian efforts to educate and expand the global discussion on human rights.
For this historic dedication, The Queen uses a stone from Runnymede – the site of the 1215 signing of the Magna Carta. This document is considered to be one of the most significant first steps toward democratic freedoms and our contemporary concept of human rights.
Once officially opened in 2012, this national museum will be a national centre of learning, where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.
The event also features a contribution from Canada’s youth in the form of a national multi-disciplinary art contest designed to promote a better understanding of human rights.
The Manitoba Homecoming Canadian Concert for Human Rights, at The Forks – Public Event
The Queen delivers a speech at the Manitoba Homecoming Canadian Concert for Human Rights. She is accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister, the Premier of Manitoba, and other dignitaries.
The concert features a host of Manitoban performers, including Aboriginal drummers, members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba-born singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and the Winnipeg/Montréal-based vocal quintet Chic Gamine.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, for the next stage of their Royal Tour.
They are greeted by: the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, His Honour the Honourable David C. Onley; the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Dalton McGuinty; The Minister-in-Attendance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, P.C., M.P., Minister of Finance, and other officials.