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Union Jack News
By Leah Secord (New Brunswick)
THE ROYALS are coming to town, and this time it is not in celebration of a marriage, but rather in celebration of the Queen's 60 years on the throne. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by celebrating not only Her Majesty's record of service, but also recognizing Canadians who, through their services both abroad and at home, have come to define and reinforce our country's sense of identity.
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will make their first stop in New Brunswick. Here they will be welcomed with nothing less than Maritime hospitality as they honour those who have served in various manners. Not only will they be attending the Official Welcoming at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, but they will also be present at a private event with the families of fallen soldiers.
Along with honouring those who serve to protect, the Royal Couple will also be meeting various volunteers and community members who strive to better the community. At the Victoria Day Celebration in Saint John New Brunswick Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet students, veterans, volunteers and groups that represent the province's diverse culture and communities. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will also have the opportunity to observe firsthand how students at Hazen White- St Francis school benefit from community partnerships. This designated Community School of 145 students was saved from near closure in 2008. With many of the student coming from predominantly low-income families, the school staff, parents and community partners worked together with students to create a safe and welcoming environment with high academic standards. Community partnership have helped implement a free pre-kindergarten program, improved the school's library, and provided a mentorship program for current and former students of the school. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the volunteerism and leadership of Hazen White- St Francis school that has given students the opportunity to break the poverty cycle and achieve academic success.
Unlike the past Royal Visits, this tour will not only be a celebration focused on the Royal Family, but will also be a time for Canadians to celebrate those who have served this country. The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of Her Majesty's service to our country, and in celebration of her longstanding commitment to the service of others, we too shall celebrate our own commitment to one another.