Hitch your wagon to a star
Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Ontario during their tour of Canada this summer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office announced Wednesday.
"Royal tours present a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our constitutional monarchy, one of the pillars upon which our country is founded," said Harper.
Queen Elizabeth waves to the crowd following a church service on May 22, 2005, in Jasper, Alta. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)
"They are an important part of our history, traditions and institutions."
The royal couple's tour schedule includes stops in Halifax from June 28 to June 30; the National Capital Region from June 30 to July 3; Winnipeg on July 3; Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, from July 3 to July 6.
Their full itinerary will be announced at a later date, according to the PMO.
This will be the Queen's 22nd official tour of Canada. She and Prince Philip last toured Canada in 2005, when they visited Saskatchewan and Alberta to celebrate the centennial of the entry of those provinces into Confederation.