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NEWS: Iqaluit September 05, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Royal couple plans Nunavut stop

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will visit Iqaluit this month

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Former prime minister Jean Chrétien walks with Queen Elizabeth when she visited Iqaluit in October, 2002. (FILE PHOTO)
Former prime minister Jean Chrétien walks with Queen Elizabeth when she visited Iqaluit in October, 2002. (FILE PHOTO)

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the youngest son and daughter-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, will visit Canada Sept. 11 to Sept. 18, their Canadian secretary announced Sept. 5.

And during their trip they will visit Nunavut, their first visit to the Canadian Arctic.

Jointly hosted by a number of regiments and community organizations, the royal couple, who hold the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex, will visit Ontario and Iqaluit.

Starting in Ottawa, the visit will include stops in Trenton, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Midland and Iqaluit.

This will be Prince Edward’s 33rd visit to Canada, and Sophie’s 9th visit.

“However, it marks the very first visit for both to the Canadian Arctic,” the Sept. 5 announcement of their visit said.

His visit to Iqaluit is likely related to the recent consecration of St. Judes Cathedral. In 1970, the Queen visited Iqaluit for a sod-turning ceremony that marked the start of construction on the orginal St. Judes.

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