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Prince Charles receives mini flying jacket for Prince George

22 MAY 2014

Prince Charles was presented with a very thoughtful gift for his ten-month-old grandson Prince George during his Canada tour.
The second-in-line to the throne was visiting the Stevenson Campus Air Hanger in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife Camilla when he was given a leather flying jacket that featured a fur-lined collar.

Charles, 65, pointed at the mini item of clothing and broke into a chuckle as he accepted the present.

 

Prince Charles was given a mini flying jacket for his grandson



The Prince, who was on his 17th official visit to Canada, gave a speech in which he noted the differences in Manitoba from the last time he visited, outlining that one thing had stayed the same.

"What has most assuredly not changed is the vitality of this province and the optimism for Canada's future," said Charles.

During their visit to the hanger, the royal couple were shown around by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and greeted by around 200 excited schoolchildren. The royal couple threw paper planes with the Duchess of Cornwall, 66, laughing as her plane flew towards the line of photographers.

 

Prince Charles and Camilla in Canada

Prince Charles fed a polar bear at the Assiniboine Park Zoo  



Charles and Camilla, who attended 41 engagements on their four-day overseas trip, then undertook separate engagements in Winnipeg. The Prince was taken to the Assiniboine Park Zoo where he came face to face with a large polar bear.

Charles was given the opportunity to feed the creature at the Journey to Churchill exhibition who eagerly clambered up to the bars of the cage.

"Is this the first polar bear you've ever fed?" he was asked, to which the royal laughed and said, "I don't do it very often." He added, as he slipped the bear slabs of meat and fish: "There you go."

 

Prince Charles and Camilla in Canada

Camilla admired the tutus and dancing shoes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet



Camilla, meanwhile, paid a visit to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where the Duchess met with dancers, costume makers and watched two dancing classes — one for inner-city youth and another for those with limited mobility. Camilla also watched a pas de deux featuring two dancers from the ballet school's professional division.

"Look at all the shoes," said Camilla as she inspected the wardrobe department.

"How long does this take to make?" she asked, referring to an elaborate tutu. "Usually 50 to 60 hours," replied wardrobe director Alena Zharska.

 

Prince Charles and Camilla in Canada

Prince Charles was given another present for baby Prince George



The Royal Highnesses then reunited for a visit to the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery Museum where they admired the Winnie the Pooh displays and Charles encountered another bear in the form of a cuddly toy.

The Prince beamed as he was given another gift for baby Prince George,  the "Action Bear," which inspired the popular children's character.  

Charles and Camilla arrived in Halifax on Sunday for their whistle-stop tour of Canada. It was the couple's third time that they had visited the country together.

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