Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 17, 2014 14:00 ET

Details of the 2014 Royal Tour of The Princess Royal Unveiled

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced today Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will tour the National Capital Region on November 10 and 11, 2014.

The theme for this tour is "Canada's Heroes: A Celebration of Accomplishment and Pride," and Her Royal Highness will join Canadians and the world in marking the anniversaries of the start of both World Wars. During the two-day tour, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Laurence will participate in the National Remembrance Day Ceremony activities at the National War Memorial. The Memorial, originally built as a tribute to those Canadians who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, was unveiled 75 years ago by Her Royal Highness's grandparents, Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).

In addition, Her Royal Highness will also meet those individuals many Canadians would consider to be everyday heroes, who do outstanding work in and for their communities and country. Her Royal Highness will meet with members of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, an organization that uses riding to empower children and adults with disabilities. An expert horsewoman and Olympian, Her Royal Highness is patron of the organization.

To highlight the War of 1812, Vice Admiral Laurence will visit the Crysler's Farm Battlefield Memorial. The Battle of Crysler's Farm-fought on November 11, 1813, in Morrisburg, Ontario-was a key battle that saw Aboriginal, Canadian and British forces work together to repel a large invading American army and win the field, despite being outnumbered. The victory at Crysler's Farm turned the tide of the war.

The full itinerary will be released soon.

Quick Facts

  • This will be the seventh official tour of Canada for The Princess Royal; her last official tour was in 1991.
  • In addition to official tours, The Princess Royal has made 13 working visits, where she was invited to events, activities or meetings hosted by private organizations. Her Royal Highness's last working visit to Canada was in 2013.
  • Her Royal Highness has toured the National Capital Region three times: January, 1974; November, 1979; and July, 1982.
  • The Princess Royal is Colonel-in-Chief of seven Canadian regiments.

Quotes

"I invite Canadians of all ages to learn more about the work of The Princess Royal in Canada and follow the Royal Tour this fall as we mark Canada's Heroes: A Celebration of Canadian Accomplishment and Pride. Together, as we move ever closer to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, we will highlight and cherish those milestones that made us the strong, proud and free country we are today.

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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Backgrounder

Thematic for the 2014 Royal Tour of Canada by
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

"CANADA'S HEROES:
A CELEBRATION OF CANADIAN ACCOMPLISHMENT AND PRIDE"

The year 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War-the war that was to end all wars. It was during this conflict that many infamous battles, such as Passchendaele, Beaumont-Hamel, the Somme and Vimy Ridge, gave rise to an enhanced sense of Canadian nationhood. It was the heroism of Canadian men and women-many of whom found their final rest in the soil of Europe-that forged a nation and a pride in being Canadian.

It was 75 years ago that Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) unveiled the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Dedicated 25 years after the outbreak of the Great War and some 4 months before the outbreak of the Second World War, the monument was constructed to honour Canadians who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. It is fitting that the granddaughter of Their Majesties be with us as a Member of the Canadian Royal Family saluting all Canadian heroes who have proudly worn and, indeed, continue to proudly wear the uniforms of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces.

In addition to our military heroes, there are "everyday heroes" in our midst whose contributions to Canadian society are perhaps not as well-known and appreciated as they should be. From those volunteers who reach out to assist Canadians "at risk" to those who preserve our history and heritage to those who serve to ensure a safe and secure environment for all Canadians-these and still many others are all Canadian heroes who are to be honoured and celebrated and who continue to build a nation and a society that remains the envy of the entire world.

As we approach the sesquicentennial of the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 2017, "the road to 2017" will present all Canadians with numerous opportunities to appropriately honour the heroes in our communities in every corner of our country.

Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca