A royal welcome for Prince Charles and Camilla in Halifax

They’ll take part in 41 engagements in three provinces over the next four days, but such a whirlwind itinerary hardly feels like work for Prince Charles and Camilla – and it’s all thanks to their audience.

The future king told a large crowd in Halifax that the Royal Family is "always made to feel so much at home in Canada.”

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“Being with you here today, my wife and I have felt that Nova Scotians and Canadians are offering us what I can only describe as a thousand welcomes,” said Charles in his first speech of the four-day tour, his 17th official visit here. “It is, as always a special joy to be back in Canada again, a place that is very dear to us both.”

He and the Duchess of Cornwall, who has only been to Canada twice before, were on hand to watch the Grand Parade in the Nova Scotia capital, where they received a 21-gun salute and laid a wreath at the cenotaph in tribute to the “Canadians [who] sacrificed so much to protect their cherished freedoms".

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Joining them were Canadian officials including Justice Minister Peter MacKay and his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam.

The new grandfather looked handsome in a navy suit, while Camilla donned a cobalt blue dress by couturier Roy Allen that incorporated the Nova Scotia tartan and guarded against the chilly spring day.

Afterwards, the couple met with military veterans who have participated in the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur, an initiative of Prince’s Charities Canada that provides veterans with the education, mentorship and financing to get their businesses off the ground.

Later in the day they were scheduled to visit a farmer’s market, launch the Canadian Campaign for Wool at a Nova Scotia farm and wrap up the day with a bang: fireworks in Charlottetown.

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