HALIFAX — Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, arrived in Halifax on Thursday for a brief, low-key visit.
As the colonel-in-chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a Halifax-based reserve unit, Andrew took part in a military ceremony outside Government House, the official residence of Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc.
The formal honours included a royal salute and inspection of the guard of honour.
Provincial officials say Andrew’s “private working visit” is aimed at commemorating the 150th anniversary of the infantry regiment’s creation.
Andrew took part in similar ceremonies in Halifax in 2007 and 2009.
The regiment traces its roots to 1749 when British Gen. Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax and governor of Nova Scotia, ordered 10 companies to be formed in the port city.
The Princess Louise Fusiliers were formally authorized as part of the Canadian militia on June 18, 1869.
“We are proud of our lineage as one of the oldest regiments in Atlantic Canada,” said Maj. Peter Dawson, the unit’s regimental major.
“We were the original volunteer militia recruited from the original settlers in the city of Halifax.”
Dawson said Andrew is expected to unveil a commemorative Canada Post stamp celebrating the anniversary during a private ceremony on Friday.
Eighth in the line of succession to the throne, Andrew is the second-youngest of the Queen’s four children.
He was bumped down the line of succession on May 6 when Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, announced the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Canadian Press