Monday, May 21, 2012

Prince Charles and Camilla Firework prep

Visiting Canada to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall touched down in #Toronto on Monday May 21, 2012. The Royal Pair came from New Brunswick and planned to meet with Olympic Athletes, Ryerson Students, Community Service Award winners and several Canadian Armed Forces groups at Moss Park and Fort York Amouries. At night the tour will watch Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay - with a water based view.
Coast Guard, RCMP and Fire Department Boats docked at Queens Quay

To prepare for the nights explosions of fireworks the inner harbour had a large contingent of police marine units from the RCMP, the OPP and the Toronto Police Service. I had a chance to see the swat guys in black outfits working on the waterfront making sure that Charles and Camilla remain safe.
Black inflatable boats filled with tactical crews pass by the pier

See more of the naval operations after the jump.

The Royals visit Toronto Monday and Tuesday, May 21-22, 2012 before heading to Regina, Saskatchewan. Here is their itinerary from the Canadian Crown website, they have a very busy day tomorrow.
The Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom flies at City Hall

Monday, May 21, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario5:10 p.m. – Arrival in TorontoThe 2012 Royal Tour of Toronto begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at Toronto Pearson International Airport.9:30 p.m. – Victoria Day Fireworks DisplayTheir Royal Highnesses, accompanied by the Premier of Ontario, meet with members of emergency services and their families to highlight the importance of service in communities, before observing Toronto’s fireworks display in honour of Victoria Day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario10:10 a.m. – Event Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s ParkTheir Royal Highnesses arrive at Queen’s Park to meet with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and attend a Diamond Jubilee Medals ceremony, where they will present medals to recipients who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.

11:05 a.m. – His Royal Highness Tours the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson UniversityHis Royal Highness arrives at Ryerson University and meets with students and entrepreneurs involved in projects for the university’s Digital Media Zone, showcasing some of Canada’s great young minds and innovative spirit.11:05 a.m. – Her Royal Highness Visits The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaHer Royal Highness visits The Queen’s Own Rifles at Moss Park Armoury and inspects the Honour Guard mounted by the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (a militia regiment within the Canadian Forces for which The Duchess is the honorary Colonel-in-Chief). Her Royal Highness meets with soldiers and their families and lays a wreath in front of the regiment’s Memorial Wall to pay respect to Canadians who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

12:05 p.m. – His Royal Highness Tours the Pan/Parapan American Athletes’ VillageHis Royal Highness visits the Pan/Parapan Athletes’ Village in Toronto and meets with the Chair of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee. His Royal Highness learns about the history and environment of the Athletes’ Village and meets with a group of Canadian athletes who hope to be participating in the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer.

12:45 p.m. – Government of Ontario Reception at the Historic Distillery DistrictTheir Royal Highnesses visit Toronto’s Distillery District and attend a reception as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations hosted by the Premier of Ontario in the Fermenting Room.

1:50 p.m. – His Royal Highness Tours the Yonge Street MissionHis Royal Highness visits the Yonge Street Mission to meet staff and people benefitting from the employment skills workshops offered at the facility. Following that, His Royal Highness will tour the UforChange program where he will meet young people engaged in arts and creative industries. His Royal Highness also meets with business leaders and participants to share their experiences from the Prince’s Seeing is Believing program, which is part of His Royal Highness’ charity initiatives in Canada.

3:30 p.m. – His Royal Highness Meets with Assembly of First NationsHis Royal Highness meets with the leaders of the Assembly of First Nations.

6:00 p.m. – 1812 Commemorative Military Muster at Fort York ArmouryTheir Royal Highnesses visit Fort York Armoury for an inspection of the Guard of Honour and a Military Muster. First Nations’ groups and current regiments with a link to the War of 1812 will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Details on the Government of Canada’s plans to commemorate the War can be found on the official website at

A Peel Regional Police boat passes joins the growing fleet

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