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NEWS: Around the Arctic September 10, 2012 - 10:35 am

Prince Edward to appear at public feast inside Iqaluit’s St. Jude’s parish hall

Royal couple to honour RCMP members, visit St. Jude's, Arctic College, museum

Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout in Iqaluit during the last royal visit to Nunavut, on Oct. 4, 2002.
Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout in Iqaluit during the last royal visit to Nunavut, on Oct. 4, 2002.

(updated 8:45 p.m., Sept. 10)

People in Iqaluit will get a chance to meet Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, at a community feast to be held 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13 at St. Jude’s Anglican Parish Hall in Iqaluit.

It’s the only event in Iqaluit to which members of the public may gain access, during a visit that will start at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Nunavut legislative building, where Prince Edward will preside over a ceremony held to honour 16 long-serving Nunavut RCMP members and employees.

At that event, they will hand out Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals to five RCMP members and employees. They’ll also present RCMP long-service medals to three members with more than 20 years service. After that, Prince Edward and Chief-Supt. Steve McVarnock will present the Commanding Officer’s Commendation to eight RCMP members.

Prince Edward, 48, is the fourth child of Queen Elizabeth and right now stands seventh in line to the thrones of Canada and the United Kingdom.

After the RCMP event at the legislature, Prince Edward and Countess Sophie will visit St. Jude’s Cathedral at 1 p.m. for tea, a tour and a presentation. At 5:30 p.m. the couple will take in a reception at Nunatta Sunakkutaangiit museum with Nunavut Commissioner Edna Elias, followed by the public event at the parish hall at 6:30 p.m.

The next morning, at 9:30 p.m., they’ll visit the nursing program at Nunavut Arctic College.

The couple will start a week-long tour of Canada Sept. 11 that will take them to Nunavut as well as Ontario.

During the Ontario portion of their tour, Prince Edward and his wife will visit Ottawa, Trenton, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catherines and Midland, all in Ontario.

While in Midland, Prince Edward will visit the reconstructed site of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a Huron-French community founded by Jesuit missionaries that was destroyed in 1649 during a war between the Huron and the Iroquois.

This is Prince Edward’s 33nd visit to Canada and Countess Sophie’s ninth visit.

The last royal visit to Iqaluit took place in 2002, when the Queen attended a ceremony at the Nunavut legislature.

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