Charles and Camilla celebrate Canadian culture while touring the country


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall celebrated the culture, crafts and people of Canada by pouring each other pints of beer made from icebergs thousands of years old.

Cheers went up around a brewery in St John’s, on Canada’s east coast, as they added the last drops to the drinks and the Duchess announced it was “very good” as she sipped her pint.

The water used to make this unique beer comes from icebergs that seasonally migrate to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The stop to quench their thirst came at the end of a busy first day in the province on Tuesday when the Prince and Duchess met many Canadians.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall shot pints during their visit to Quidi Vidi brewery (Jacob King/PA)

Charles and Camilla also dabbled in rug hooking, where discarded materials are cut into strips and used to make practical and decorative items like mini tapestries or placemats, on their first day in Canada.

Instructor Catherine McCausland put the couple to the test by threading the pieces of fabric through a burlap-like fabric and the Duchess looked at her husband and said “you’re much better than me”.

The future king grimaced and laughed as he tackled the task after the couple met aspiring business owners at the artisan workshops in Quidi Vidi village, where craft entrepreneurs learn all aspects of building a successful business.

On the second day of their tour, the couple will attend a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday and visit Assumption School where Charles will meet with newcomer families and Camilla will attend an event literacy for young people.

Later, Charles will meet those helped by the 30 Birds Foundation, dedicated to safeguarding the future of a group of 450 Afghans, mostly schoolgirls, and attend a Prince’s Trust engagement at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Charles and Camilla were greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon their arrival in Canada at the start of their three-day tour and the prince will meet the Canadian premiere again.

The day will conclude with an evening reception at Rideau Hall hosted by Governor General Mary Simon to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


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