Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 05, 2011 16:00 ET

Minister of National Defence to Meet Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Yellowknife

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 5, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, will meet Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

"I am delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to host Their Royal Highnesses during their stay in the Northwest Territories and their visit to our Canadian Rangers," said Minister MacKay. "Their visit to the Canadian North is of lasting significance to us all."

During their visit, the Royal Couple will hold a special meeting with representatives of the Canadian Rangers at Blachford Lake Lodge, near Yellowknife. On November 10, 2009, Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Prince Harry were appointed honourary members of the Canadian Rangers by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The members of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group contribute to protecting Canada's sovereignty across the North. The Group also oversees the training of the Junior Canadian Rangers in the three Northern territories.

"We are excited that many women and men of the Canadian Forces will be involved in supporting the Royal Couple during their cross-country tour," said Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command. "In Yellowknife, their visit will allow audiences around the world to see our dedicated personnel who serve Canada in the North."

The Canadian Rangers, a sub-component of the Canadian Forces Reserve, provide patrols and detachments for employment on national-security and public-safety missions in those sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada.

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