Prince Charles thanked by Ukrainian priest on royal tour of Canada: 'We're supported by Royal Family'

The Prince of Wales also warned of a “real emergency” as we face “immense challenges” in tackling climate change

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Charles joined a round-table discussion on Wednesday with around 40 people from policy and business backgrounds, including the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall spent the second day of their Canada visit in Ottawa, celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In the morning, they joined the Governor General of Canada at the National War Memorial to remember Canadians who were killed in service to their country.

Their Royal Highnesses also visited Ukraine’s Orthodox Cathedral to spend time with the congregation, wearing blue and yellow ribbons to proudly represent their national flag.

Camilla was close to tears when she visited the Ukrainian Cathedral in London back in March, shortly after the Russian invasion of the country.

Father Taras Kinash, who has recently moved to Canada from Ukraine, told GB News: “We as Ukrainians are not forgotten.

"We are supported by the Royal Family. We are supported by Canada, and we are supported by Great Britain."

Canada is home to 1.4 million people of Ukrainian descent - the world's third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia.

Charles and Camilla also visited a local primary school (Assumption Elementary School) where the Duchess was shown how to use a vending machine that dispenses books.

Assumption is one of five schools in Canada selected for a vending machine which provides a new book monthly to each student for a period of three years.

Camilla campaigns for literacy and has spoken in the past about how the ability to read increases life chances.

Meanwhile, Charles met children and parents who have recently arrived in Canada and spoke to organisations who support them.

The school has many immigrant and refugee pupils, and a big indigenous population.

Following their visit to Assumption Elementary School, Charles and Camilla visited the home of the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to watch them perform their Musical Ride.

It was the first time they had performed in front of a larger crowd since before the start of the pandemic.

Sergeant Major Scott Williamson, the Riding Master for the RCMP, told GB News: “We’re very honoured that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall decided to come and visit our facility and see our performance of the Musical Ride.”

Charles was appointed Honorary Commissioner of the RCMP in 2012, taking over from the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall ended the day by mingling with Canadians from different backgrounds who serve their communities at a reception celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The reception was hosted by the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall.

On Thursday, Charles and Camilla will fly to the Northwest Territories to visit Yellowknife and Dettah to learn more about the impact of climate change and meet with indigenous communities who live the effects.