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Prince Charles recalls military service at CFB Gagetown as royal tour kicks off

Monday, May 21, 2012

National Post:  Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, attend a function at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B., on Monday, May 21, 2012.

Charles later presented a Diamond Jubilee Medal to 13-year-old Marshall Howard, who has been raising money for a scholarship in memory of Pte. David Greenslade, a soldier from Saint John, N.B., who died April 8, 2007, while serving in Afghanistan.

“It was an honour because I didn’t know about it until an hour before I went on the stage,” Howard said after.

Charles also met with soldiers enrolled in the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a program to help soldiers transition to civilian life by training them to start and run a business.

Among the people he spoke with was navy Lt. Scott Harrigan of Halifax. The 38-year-old gave Charles a handmade dog leash from his business called Mariner Dog Products.

“It’s exactly what I need right now,” Harrigan said of the program.

Charles then met with families of military personnel who have died.

Later Monday, Charles and Camilla are scheduled to attend a citizenship ceremony for 12 new Canadians — two for each decade of the Queen’s reign — and a Victoria Day celebration in Saint John.

They will then tour Hazen White-St. Francis School, an elementary school with about 145 students who are predominantly from low-income families, before flying to Toronto in time to view a Victoria Day fireworks display.

On Tuesday, the Ontario government will host a reception in the historic Distiller District for the royal couple before Charles visits the Yonge Street Mission.

They will depart Toronto on Tuesday evening for Regina. The next day, Charles will have a private audience with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and be treated to a concert by the Regina Symphony Orchestra before the tour concludes.

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