Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 11, 2013 10:00 ET

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as Colonel-in-Chief to Visit her Canadian Armed Forces Units

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) - Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, on a private visit to Ontario will be visiting The Grey & Simcoe Foresters, the Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS), and the Communications and Electronics Branch as their Colonel-in-Chief in Barrie, Borden and Kingston respectively. There will be joint welcoming events with the cities of Barrie and Kingston during her visit, which will take place from October 22 to 25.

Upon arrival in Canada on October 22, HRH The Princess Royal will conduct her first ever Colonel-in-Chief visit to The Grey and Simcoe Foresters in Barrie, which will include reviewing a Royal Guard of Honour during the City of Barrie's Dedication Ceremony at its Military Heritage Park and attend a reception at the Southshore Community Centre.

During her visit on October 23, HRH The Princess Royal will meet with personnel of all ranks of the RCMS at its Home Station, the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden. She will also present the RCMS with a Royal Banner during a special ceremony. "The Princess Royal's Banner" is being presented as a sign of Royal favour in recognition of the sacrifice and valorous service of RCMS members in Afghanistan operations since 2002. It is only the third ever presented to a Canadian Armed Forces element.

In Kingston from October 24 to 25, HRH The Princess Royal will be formerly welcomed by the Mayor of Kingston and senior members of the Canadian Armed Forces at a public event. The highlight of Her Royal Highness' visit to the city and to CFB Kingston will be the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Communications and Electronics Branch (C&E Branch) and its predecessors. One of several celebratory events will be the fourth Canadian Armed Forces presentation of "The Princess Royal's Banner" to the C&E Branch in recognition of over a century of outstanding support to Canada's military, while another will be an open house with displays presenting the past, present and future of Canadian military communications and electronic warfare.

A Note to Editors on pre-registration, accreditation, events, venues, dates and timings follows:

October 22 - 25, 2013

Please note that HRH The Princess Royal will not be available for interviews.

1. Media Pre-registration and Accreditation

All media wishing to cover any of the events listed below must pre-register and have current media accreditation which must be displayed at the event. Media who do not apply for accreditation will not be admitted to events. The following timings must be met for accreditation.

a. October 22 Events in Barrie: Media outlets must register by Friday, October 18. For accreditation information: Emma Sharpe, Communications Advisor, City of Barrie at 705-739-4220 ext. 4436 or emma.sharpe@barrie.ca.

b. October 23 HRH The Princess Royal's Banner presentation to the Royal Canadian Medical Service at CFB Borden: Media outlets must register by 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 22. For accreditation information: Captain Rob Bungay, Public Affairs Officer, CFB Borden at 705- 424 - 1200 ex 3162, 705-730-8957 (cell) or rob.bungay@forces.gc.ca.

c. October 24 Welcome to the City of Kingston: event media outlets must register by 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 23. For accreditation information: Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer, City of Kingston at 613-546-4291, ex 3116 or cashton@cityofkingston.ca.

d. October 25 C&E Branch Parade, HRH The Princess Royal's Banner presentation and the Home Station Open House at CFB Kingston: media outlets must register by 8:00 a.m. Thursday, October 24. For accreditation information: Captain Jennifer Faubert, Public Affairs Officer, CFB Kingston at 613-541-5010 ex 4265 or Jennifer.faubert@forces.gc.ca.

2. Dates, Timings, Events and Venues - This is a Private Visit by HRH The Princess Royal, therefore, only those events listed below will be open to the media.

Tuesday, October 22

3:05 p.m. - HRH The Princess Royal to review a Grey and Simcoe Foresters Royal Guard of Honour followed by the City of Barrie's Dedication Ceremony at its Military Heritage Park at the Southshore Community Centre.

Wednesday, October 23

9:05 a.m. - HRH The Princess Royal arrives at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre, CFB Borden where she will receive a Royal Salute from a Royal Canadian Medical Service Guard of Honour.

9:20 a.m. - Media are invited to tour 1 Canadian Field Hospital's Collective Protection capability - a medical tentage system used during chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threat.

10:00 a.m. - The Princess Royal presents the Royal Canadian Medical Service with "The Princess Royal's Banner" in recognition of its members' sacrifice and valorous service in Afghanistan operations since 2002.

Thursday, October 24

10:55 a.m. - HRH The Princess Royal will review a Royal Guard of Honour and will be welcomed to the City of Kingston by the Mayor of Kingston and senior Canadian Armed Forces members at Battery Park (beside the Marriott Hotel on the waterfront).

Friday, October 25

9:45 a.m. - HRH The Princess Royal presents "The Princess Royal's Banner during the 110th Anniversary Parade for the C&E Branch and its predecessors as the Reviewing Officer at the Garrison Gym Field House (on the north side of Highway 2 across from the Royal Military College of Canada).

2:25 p.m. - HRH The Princess Royal will view C&E Branch displays from various units from across Canada on the McNaughton Parade Square, CFB Kingston (north side of Highway 2).

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