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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall kick off Canadian tour in Iqaluit

Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 11:45 am EDT

Two members of the Canadian Forces fold the Royal Standard following a rehearsal for the official welcome of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Wednesday June 28, 2017 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall touched down in Iqaluit on Thursday morning, kicking off a royal tour that will culminate in Canada’s 150th anniversary on Saturday.

The couple were greeted with an official welcome of military honours, including an inspection of a group of Canadian Rangers and a traditional Inuit ceremony at the territory’s legislative assembly.

They were also greeted by dignitaries, including Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Nunavut Commissioner Nellie Kusugak and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna.

The Prince of Wales, who is marking his 18th visit to Canada, meets later with groups focused on the promotion and preservation of the Inuit language.

Prince Charles will also hear about the Inuit language authority, watch an Inuktitut translation of a children’s book inspired by a book he authored and receive a brief language lesson.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who is marking her fourth visit to Canada, will attend a separate event dedicated to women’s wellness in the North.

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