Royal Visit to the National Park and Historic Sites in Prince Edward Island
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images. © St James’s Palace 2011
July 4, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped at three nationally treasured places on their visit to Prince Edward Island on July 4, 2011: Province House National Historic Site, Prince Edward Island National Park and Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site.
Province House National Historic Site
The official welcome of Their Royal Highnesses to Prince Edward Island took place in the morning at Province House National Historic Site where they were escorted on a tour of this nationally and provincially important building by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the Parks Canada Prince Edward Island Field Unit Superintendent.
Jewel Cunningham (left), Prince Edward Island Field Unit superintendent, and Kathleen Casey (right), Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, welcomed Their Royal Highnesses to Province House National Historic Site. © Canadian Heritage
Their Royal Highnesses walked in the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation as they visited the Confederation and Legislative Chambers and the Library at Province House National Historic Site, the birthplace of Confederation.
Later that morning, the Duke of Cambridge addressed the audience gathered in front of Province House.
Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shook hands and greeted onlookers on the grounds of this fine example of Classical Revival architecture before departing for their next PEI experience: Prince Edward Island National Park.
Prince Edward Island National Park
Their Royal Highnesses in Prince Edward Island National Park © Canadian Heritage
That afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses visited Prince Edward Island National Park to celebrate the province’s rural heritage, community spirit and the beauty of this special place.
Once in the park, His Royal Highness took to the skies in a Sea King helicopter above Dalvay Lake to perform a waterbird training exercise.
Soon after, both the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge participated in a competitive dragonboat race across the lake to Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site, which is located within the park.
Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site
The Duchess of Cambridge at Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site © Canadian Heritage
Mi’kmaq Elders working with Parks Canada conducted an Aboriginal smudging ceremony honouring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival to Dalvay-by-the-Sea, a majestic building nationally renowned for its Queen Anne Revival architecture.
Their Royal Highnesses strolled the grounds of Dalvay-by-the-Sea while tasting Prince Edward Island’s famous culinary delights and taking in performances by local musicians and artists. Invited guests were thrilled at the opportunity to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in this nationally treasured setting.
Before departing the park, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge further explored Prince Edward Island National Park during a quick visit to nearby Dalvay Beach where they experienced a number of beach-related activities and saw some of the spectacular sand dunes and beaches protected within the park.
All three of these nationally significant sites are natural and cultural treasures. Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s historic and natural heritage is protected and invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of Prince Edwards Island’s national treasures!