Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His Royal Highness was sworn in as a Privy Councillor during an audience with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Government House, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Privy Councillors are members of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, established under the Constitution Act, 1867 to advise the Government of Canada. The Privy Council includes all past and present Ministers, as well as a number of select persons honoured for their contributions to Canada. Members are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
- The Prince of Wales has been visiting Canada for almost 45 years. He has visited Canada from coast to coast to coast.
- This year’s Royal Tour is His Royal Highness’ 17th Tour of Canada. During this year’s Tour of Canada, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will join Canadians in marking milestones in the country’s history in the lead up to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
- The Prince of Wales is patron or president of more than 400 organizations around the world. His patronages include Canadian organizations, such as The RCMP Foundation, The Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, The Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, The Regina Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, The Royal Conservatory of Music and Earth Rangers. He is responsible for the creation of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (the Canadian affiliate of the Prince’s Youth Business International), that helps disadvantaged young people become entrepreneurs. He is a strong proponent of the conservation of historical Canadian places including through the Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership that bears his name. He is also an honorary member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Painters in watercolour. His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief to eight Canadian military regiments.
- The Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George) is the eldest son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Prince became Heir to the Throne at the age of three when his mother became Queen in 1952.
- The Prince’s father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 1957.
“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has shown unwavering dedication to Canada throughout his lifetime, including through a number of charities and other good works. It is most fitting that he joins a select few beyond Canadian parliamentarians who are appointed as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper