The Prince laughed incredulously as he was shown the intricate detail of the needle-felted sculpture, along with one of the Queen created in honour of her Platinum Jubilee
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Prince Charles giggled as he was presented with a life-size wool replica of his own head on the first day of his royal tour of Canada. 

The Prince laughed incredulously as he was shown the intricate detail of the needle-felted sculpture, along with one of the Queen created in honour of her Platinum Jubilee, at Government House in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Charles and Camilla touched down in St John’s on Tuesday to kick off a whirlwind three-day visit to Canada in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

After being officially welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Charles and Camilla met grandmothers’ in a knitting circle before sampling local produce and pouring 2,000-year-old iceberg beer at a local pub. 

Their visit has received a mixed reception from the Canadian public. The Prince of Wales has been urged to apologise for the treatment of indigenous communities in Canada on behalf of the monarchy.

Cassidy Caron, National Council President of the Metis people, said she intended to raise the issue with Prince Charles when they meet on Wednesday. 

In his first speech of the three-day trip, Charles, 73, referred to reconciliation, saying: ‘We must find new ways to come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past: acknowledging, reconciling and striving to do better.’

The Prince laughed incredulously as he was shown the intricate detail of the needle-felted sculpture, along with one of the Queen created in honour of her Platinum Jubilee

The Prince laughed incredulously as he was shown the intricate detail of the needle-felted sculpture, along with one of the Queen created in honour of her Platinum Jubilee

The Duchess of Cornwall sips a pint on a visit to Quidi Vidi Brewery

She samples local ice cream in a picturesque village

The Duchess of Cornwall sips a pint on a visit to Quidi Vidi Brewery and samples local ice cream in a picturesque village

The Prince of Wales has admired a lifesize replica of his own head made of wool, as he joins grandmothers for a knitting circle at Government House

The Prince of Wales has admired a lifesize replica of his own head made of wool, as he joins grandmothers for a knitting circle at Government House

Charles and Camilla arrived at the Confederation Building in St John's, Canada on Tuesday for the first day of their three-day Platinum Jubilee tour

Charles and Camilla arrived at the Confederation Building in St John’s, Canada on Tuesday for the first day of their three-day Platinum Jubilee tour 

The Prince had been introduced to representatives of the Campaign for Wool in Canada, a cause close to his heart, and around a dozen expert knitters who make an array of baby and adult clothing for the Newfoundland Outport Nursing and Industrial Association (NONIA)

The Prince had been introduced to representatives of the Campaign for Wool in Canada, a cause close to his heart, and around a dozen expert knitters who make an array of baby and adult clothing for the Newfoundland Outport Nursing and Industrial Association (NONIA)

Prince Charles and Camilla pour their own beers as they visit the Quidi Vidi Brewery during their Canadian Royal Tour

Prince Charles and Camilla pour their own beers as they visit the Quidi Vidi Brewery during their Canadian Royal Tour

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stand on a wharf in Quidi Vidi Village, a fishing village located in the east end of St. John's, Newfoundland

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stand on a wharf in Quidi Vidi Village, a fishing village located in the east end of St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a ceremony in the Heart Garden at Government House in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a ceremony in the Heart Garden at Government House in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 

The royal couple watched as schoolchildren planted an Ivory Silk Lilac tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project in Canada

The royal couple watched as schoolchildren planted an Ivory Silk Lilac tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project in Canada

The UK enjoys a warm relationship with Canada, where the Queen is head of state, and whose Platinum Jubilee Charles and Camilla’s visit is marking.

But the country is coming to terms with the grim discovery last year of hundreds of bodies in unmarked graves at former church-run schools, where indigenous children were forcibly relocated for generations.

Nevertheless, after the royal couple landed in Newfoundland last night, they received a very warm welcome from cheering crowds, Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau and senior leaders from indigenous groups.

After his maiden speech, there was a far lighter tone as Charles and Camilla began their busy schedule of royal engagements.  

The Prince was introduced to representatives of the Campaign for Wool in Canada, a cause close to his heart, and around a dozen expert knitters who make an array of baby and adult clothing for the Newfoundland Outport Nursing and Industrial Association (NONIA).

Among the star pieces was a replica of a light blue knitted cardigan given by NONIA to the Queen after the birth of the Prince in 1948.

‘I bet I wore it,’ the Prince said after examining it. ‘Have you seen photographs?’

Meeting a group of women hard at work on their latest knits, he joked: ‘You’re knitting, not nattering?’

Told they had been doing plenty of both before he arrived, the Prince disclosed he had learned to knit at the age of ‘eight or nine’ but has now ‘forgotten’.

Camilla and Charles poured pints of beer from a 2,000-year-old iceberg as they explored Quidi Vidi Village on Tuesday

Camilla and Charles poured pints of beer from a 2,000-year-old iceberg as they explored Quidi Vidi Village on Tuesday

Prince Charles looked delighted to be sampling the local beer at the Quidi Vidi Brewery on his first busy day of engagements

Prince Charles looked delighted to be sampling the local beer at the Quidi Vidi Brewery on his first busy day of engagements

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were presented with a cookbook, prompting the prince to ask if it was '100 ways to cook a moose'

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were presented with a cookbook, prompting the prince to ask if it was ‘100 ways to cook a moose’

The Duchess of Cornwall tucked the cookbook under her arm as she and Charles sampled local produce at the brewery

The Duchess of Cornwall tucked the cookbook under her arm as she and Charles sampled local produce at the brewery

The Duchess of Cornwall, who looked radiant in a cream coat and polka dot dress, raised glass to the gathered journalists

The Duchess of Cornwall, who looked radiant in a cream coat and polka dot dress, raised glass to the gathered journalists

Despite the chilly temperatures, the Duchess of Cornwall still sampled the delicious local ice cream in St John's

Despite the chilly temperatures, the Duchess of Cornwall still sampled the delicious local ice cream in St John’s

Admiring the skills of one woman, he noted: ‘I’m sure you can do it watching television at the same time.’

Particularly keen to find out whether any of the group had introduced the next generation to the skill, he said: ‘The thing is getting the young people doing it.

‘Maybe it’s something you do as you get older. People learn from their grandmothers, don’t they?’

The Prince was presented with pair of patterned grey and white mittens as a gift, as well as some Canadian wool and instructions to design his own carpet.

The Prince and Duchess then visited the Commonwealth Walkway, a commemorative Platinum Jubilee project.

They undertook a speedy walkabout, shaking hands with dozens of locals, posing for photographs with babies and patting a pug.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall look on during a rug hooking demonstration in Quidi Vidi Village, a fishing village located in the east end of St. John's, Newfoundland

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall look on during a rug hooking demonstration in Quidi Vidi Village, a fishing village located in the east end of St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Prince of Wales wearing a knitted glove whilst talking to Ms. Keelin O'Leary, Manager of NONIA, who speaks about the organisation's rich history and ties to Government House

The Prince of Wales wearing a knitted glove whilst talking to Ms. Keelin O’Leary, Manager of NONIA, who speaks about the organisation’s rich history and ties to Government House

Charles was in high spirits as he tried on a pair of woolly mittens during a visit to Government House as part of the the Campaign for Wool in Canada

Charles was in high spirits as he tried on a pair of woolly mittens during a visit to Government House as part of the the Campaign for Wool in Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Government House to meet with representatives of the local communities, businesses and organisations on day one of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Government House to meet with representatives of the local communities, businesses and organisations on day one of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada

The royal visit would not be complete without an unveiling of a bronze marker to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee, and a tree planting ceremony.

The royal couple watched as schoolchildren planted an Ivory Silk Lilac tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project in Canada.

Later, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall delighted locals by getting into the spirit of the Newfoundland and Labrador tradition today by sharing a pint and trying freshly repaired food at a local brewery.

After a walk along the Quidi Vidi harbour, the royals popped into the lakeside watering hole to try their hand behind the bar.

Charles and Camilla poured a couple of pints of the local 2,000-year-old iceberg beer to cheers from around the pub before the Duchess announced ‘very good’ while supping her pint.

On a table set up for local merchants and restaurant owners to show off their produce, the future king and Queen met local chef and restaurant owner Jeremy Charles who handed the Prince his book ‘Wildness – An Ode to Newfoundland and Labrador’.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a ceremony in the Heart Garden at Government House in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador,

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a ceremony in the Heart Garden at Government House in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,

The royal couple unveil a bronze marker to commemorate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee with His Honour Howard William Foote and Her Honour The Honourable Judy May Foote

The royal couple unveil a bronze marker to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with His Honour Howard William Foote and Her Honour The Honourable Judy May Foote

Charles and Camilla meet representatives of the local communities, businesses and organisations at Government House on day one of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour

Charles and Camilla meet representatives of the local communities, businesses and organisations at Government House on day one of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour

To close the ceremony, local schoolchildren plant paper hearts in the garden with messages of reconciliation while a solemn Indigenous musical performance is given by musical group, Eastern Owl

To close the ceremony, local schoolchildren plant paper hearts in the garden with messages of reconciliation while a solemn Indigenous musical performance is given by musical group, Eastern Owl

Prince Charles pets "Chief" the dog as he and Camilla visit the Quidi Vidi Village neighbourhood during their Canadian tour to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Prince Charles pets ‘Chief’ the dog as he and Camilla visit the Quidi Vidi Village neighbourhood during their Canadian tour to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

Taking the book Charles smiled broadly, exclaiming: ‘Is it 100 ways to cook a moose?’

Mr Charles laughed and explained the concept as a celebration of the wild food of the region. The New York Times described Mr Charles as ‘a leader in a growing movement to celebrate the cuisine of the North’.

Co-owner of the brewery, Justin Fong, said: ‘They were both great sports. They’ve given us all great memories of their time here. We were planning the visit for two months and it went without a hitch so we are delighted.’

Charles and Camilla later tried their hand at rug hooking, where discarded material is cut into strips and used to make practical and decorative items like mini tapestries or table mats.

Instructor Catherine McCausland put the couple through their paces threading the pieces of material through a hessian type cloth and the duchess looked over at her husband and said ‘you’re much better than me’.

The future king pulled a face and laughed as he grappled with the task after the couple had met budding business owners In the Quidi Vidi Village artisan studios, where craft entrepreneurs are taught all aspects of creating a successful company.

Outside around a small waterfront area the couple went on a walkabout meeting locals and even ordered a royal sundae from a stall – made from blueberries, vanilla ice cream, and Welsh cakes.

When the couple came across a huge Newfoundland dog – the duchess let out a gasp of delight and stroked it while Charles asked the owner Ed Jackman ‘Is this as big as they get?’

Charles and Camilla were given a warm welcome as they touched down in Canada Tuesday, with flag-waving schoolchildren and well-wishers turning out in force to greet the royal couple. 

They were greeted by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, senior leaders from the indigenous communities of the region and Canada’s Governor General.

Prince Charles has faced calls to apologise on behalf of the royal family for the treatment of Canada’s indigenous communities.  

Cassidy Caron, National Council President of the Metis people, said she intended to raise the issue personally with the heir to the throne when they meet tomorrow. 

Mary Teegee, executive director of child and family services at Carrier Sekani Family Services in the province of British Columbia, said: ‘They also have to understand that they are not the leaders in our nation,’ adding that recognition of the harms of colonisation are needed rather than just a ‘trite’ apology.

The pressure comes following two recent royal visits to the Caribbean – by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex – attracted criticism for promoting ‘colonialism’ and calls for reparations over Britain’s role in the historic slave trade.

Delivering a speech in both English and French, Charles referred directly to the process of reconciliation in Canada, talking about ‘our collective need’ to come to terms with the ‘darker and more difficult aspects of the past’.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, for their three-day trip to Canada to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, for their three-day trip to Canada to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted warmly by well-wishers as they arrived in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on their first day of their Royal Tour of Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted warmly by well-wishers as they arrived in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on their first day of their Royal Tour of Canada 

The couple were welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured, as they arrived in the country for the three-day visit

The couple were welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured, as they arrived in the country for the three-day visit

Schoolchildren reached out to hug Prince Charles as he arrived in St John's at the start of the whirlwind three-day visit

Schoolchildren reached out to hug Prince Charles as he arrived in St John’s at the start of the whirlwind three-day visit 

Prince Charles inspects the Guards of Honour ahead of the welcoming ceremony in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Charles inspects the Guards of Honour ahead of the welcoming ceremony in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Charles referred directly to the process of reconciliation in Canada in the first speech of his royal tour, saying it is time to find new ways to 'come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past'

Prince Charles referred directly to the process of reconciliation in Canada in the first speech of his royal tour, saying it is time to find new ways to ‘come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past’

He said: ‘However, as we look to our collective future, as one people sharing one planet, we must find new ways to come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past: acknowledging, reconciling and striving to do better. It is a process that starts with listening.’

He continued: ‘I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to discuss with the Governor General the vital process of reconciliation in this country – not a one-off act, of course, but an ongoing commitment to healing, respect and understanding.

‘I know that our visit here this week comes at an important moment – with indigenous and non-indigenous peoples across Canada committing to reflect honestly and openly on the past and to forge a new relationship for the future…’

He added that he and his wife ‘look forward to listening to you and learning about the future you are working to build. ‘

 ‘As so often in the history of this country and her people, Canadians have embarked on a journey that demands commitment and courage. My wife and I could hardly be more privileged to travel part of this journey with you and we are deeply grateful for your warm welcome, which we will carry with us throughout this entire tour.’

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined at the ceremony by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined at the ceremony by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 

Despite the tensions, flag-waving schoolchildren and well-wishers still turned out to greet the royal couple as they began their whirlwind schedule of engagements with a welcoming ceremony in the city of St John's

Despite the tensions, flag-waving schoolchildren and well-wishers still turned out to greet the royal couple as they began their whirlwind schedule of engagements with a welcoming ceremony in the city of St John’s

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