Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 02, 2009 15:21 ET

Governor General of Canada Welcomes the Emperor and Empress of Japan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 2, 2009) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will welcome the Emperor and Empress of Japan on the occasion of their State visit to Canada, which commences July 3, 2009. The State visit, marking the 80th anniversary of the opening of Canada's first diplomatic mission to Japan, will highlight the importance and strength of the relationship between our two countries.

Itinerary of Their Majesties' program with the Governor General of Canada



Monday, July 6, 2009

(See detailed media schedule below.)

Official Welcoming Ceremony
An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will be held
at Rideau Hall. Their Majesties will arrive by carriage. Following an
inspection of the guard of honour by His Majesty the Emperor, the
Governor General will offer remarks, to which His Majesty will reply.
Rideau Hall grounds, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
OPEN TO MEDIA

Their Excellencies meet with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
of Japan
Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
POOLED PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Ceremonial tree planting
Their Majesties will plant a tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall to
commemorate their State visit to Canada. The tree will be a Canadian
Hemlock, which was chosen because it grows both in Japan and in
Canada (Tsuga canadensis).
Rideau Hall grounds, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
OPEN TO MEDIA

State Dinner
The Governor General and Mr. Lafond will host a State dinner at
Rideau Hall in honour of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of
Japan.
Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
OPEN TO MEDIA - Media are invited to cover the official photo in the
Reception Room (Open to all media) and official remarks in the
Ballroom (POOL ONLY).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Reception offered by the Ambassador of Japan
The Governor General and Mr. Lafond will attend a reception hosted by
His Excellency Tsuneo Nishida, Ambassador of Japan, and Mrs. Keiko
Nishida, in honour of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of
Japan.
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Media should contact the Embassy of Japan directly for access to this
event.

Additional information:

- The grounds of Rideau Hall will be closed to the public from
Sunday, July 5, 2009 to Wednesday, July 8, 2009.
- Events at Rideau Hall during the State visit of the Emperor and
Empress of Japan are not open to the public.
- All events are subject to change without notice.

Media Accreditation:
Media who wish to cover Their Majesties' visit to Canada, including
events at Rideau Hall, must obtain accreditation from the
Parliamentary Press Gallery by contacting Collin Lafrance at
LafraCo@parl.gc.ca.

Schedule of Events for media planning purposes:

10:30 am - Welcoming Ceremony: Accredited media should arrive at
Princess Gate by 9:45 a.m. to take position in the
designated media area at the fountain.

11:00 a.m. - Meeting with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of
Japan:
Accredited media wishing to cover the beginning of the
meeting should arrive by 10:00 a.m. in order to enter
the building at the Princess Anne Entrance and pre-
position for this meeting.

11:30 a.m. - Tree Planting:
Accredited media should be in place at the tree
planting site by 11:15 a.m.

7:30 p.m. - Official photo and State Dinner:
Media should arrive at the Princess Anne entrance by
6:45 p.m.


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