Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by a small group of anti-monarchy protesters as they met members of Canada's Ukrainian community on the second day of the royal tour. Above, the couple at the National War Memorial
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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by a small group of anti-monarchy protesters as they met members of Canada’s Ukrainian community on the second day of the royal tour. 

Protesters holding ‘abolish the monarchy’ signs stood on the lawn outside a Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa as the royal couple made their way inside. 

The couple are on a whirlwind three-day tour of the country to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

It comes amid calls for Charles to apologise on behalf of the monarchy for the ill treatment of 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 today. 

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. 

Charles addressed the issue of reconciliation in his maiden royal tour speech yesterday, saying is time to find new ways to ‘come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of Canada’s past’.

Although there were small signs of dissent today, there were also crowds of flag-waving well-wishers who turned out to catch a glimpse of the couple.  

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by a small group of anti-monarchy protesters as they met members of Canada's Ukrainian community on the second day of the royal tour. Above, the couple at the National War Memorial

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by a small group of anti-monarchy protesters as they met members of Canada’s Ukrainian community on the second day of the royal tour. Above, the couple at the National War Memorial 

Protesters holding 'abolish the monarchy' signs stood on the lawn outside a Ukrainian Orthodox Catholic Cathedral in Ottawa as the royal couple made their way inside

Protesters holding ‘abolish the monarchy’ signs stood on the lawn outside a Ukrainian Orthodox Catholic Cathedral in Ottawa as the royal couple made their way inside

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a traditional prayer service at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a traditional prayer service at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa

Prince Charles appeared emotional as he joined the Duchess of Cornwall during a service at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

Prince Charles appeared emotional as he joined the Duchess of Cornwall during a service at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a service at the Ukrainian Community at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a service at the Ukrainian Community at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall light candles during a traditional prayer service at the Ukrainian Community at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall light candles during a traditional prayer service at the Ukrainian Community at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa

Prince Charles and Camilla were sombre as they took part in a traditional prayer service at a Ukrainian church in Ottawa

Prince Charles and Camilla were sombre as they took part in a traditional prayer service at a Ukrainian church in Ottawa

After landing in Labrador and Newfoundland yesterday, Charles and Camilla flew to Ottawa where they started their second day of engagements this morning. 

Charles was invested as an Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada Mary Simon.

The prince holds a number of honorary appointments and ranks with the Canadian military and the order recognises exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Following the ceremony, the couple laid wreaths as they paid tribute to Canada’s war dead.  

The couple stood before the imposing memorial, symbolising the sacrifice of all Canadian military in the cause of freedom in all conflicts, as a bugler played the Last Post and a period of silence was observed.

Charles, 73, laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales’ feathers made from white flowers, while Camilla, 74, left a bouquet. 

Both floral tributes featured cards from the couple with the words ‘in grateful remembrance’ written in French and English.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a service at the Ukrainian Community at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa, during their three-day trip to Canada

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a service at the Ukrainian Community at the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa, during their three-day trip to Canada

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall stopped at the cathedral, pictured, during a busy day of engagements in Ottawa

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall stopped at the cathedral, pictured, during a busy day of engagements in Ottawa

Although there were some protesters, there were also crowds of flag-waving well-wishers ready to greet the couple

Although there were some protesters, there were also crowds of flag-waving well-wishers ready to greet the couple

After landing in Labrador and Newfoundland yesterday, Charles and Camilla flew to Ottawa where they started their second day of engagements this morning. Charles was invested as an Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada Mary Simon. Pictured, at the ceremony

After landing in Labrador and Newfoundland yesterday, Charles and Camilla flew to Ottawa where they started their second day of engagements this morning. Charles was invested as an Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada Mary Simon. Pictured, at the ceremony

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon and His Excellency Whit Fraser during the Order of Military Merit Ceremony at Rideau Hall

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon and His Excellency Whit Fraser during the Order of Military Merit Ceremony at Rideau Hall

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall laid handwritten notes as they honoured Canada's war dead during a poignant wreath laying ceremony today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall laid handwritten notes as they honoured Canada’s war dead during a poignant wreath laying ceremony today

The couple stood before the imposing memorial, symbolising the sacrifice of all Canadian military in the cause of freedom in all conflicts, as a bugler played the last post and a period of silence observed

The couple stood before the imposing memorial, symbolising the sacrifice of all Canadian military in the cause of freedom in all conflicts, as a bugler played the last post and a period of silence observed

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today

Camilla, 74, left a bouquet. Both floral tributes featured cards from the couple with the words 'in grateful remembrance'

Charles, 73, laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales' feathers made from white flowers

Charles, 73, laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales’ feathers made from white flowers, while Camilla, 74, left a bouquet. Both floral tributes featured cards from the couple with the words ‘in grateful remembrance’

Charles and Camilla took part in the solemn event at the National War Memorial in the capital Ottawa on the second day of their whirlwind three-day tour marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Charles and Camilla took part in the solemn event at the National War Memorial in the capital Ottawa on the second day of their whirlwind three-day tour marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Charles, 73, laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales' feathers made from white flowers with a handwritten note reading 'grateful remembrance' in French and English

Charles, 73, laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales’ feathers made from white flowers with a handwritten note reading ‘grateful remembrance’ in French and English

Charles’ grandfather, King George VI, unveiled the memorial in May 1939 and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added in 2000, the resting place of a Canadian serviceman from a war cemetery near Vimy Ridge, a First World War battle site in France.

At each corner of the tomb a member of the Armed Forces stood on guard facing outwards, head bowed with their arms resting on a rifle.

Earlier, Charles was invested as an Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada Mary Simon.

The prince holds a number of honorary appointments and ranks with the Canadian military and the order recognises exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall write a message in a book during a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall write a message in a book during a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Charles smiles as he and Camilla sign a guestbook, at a ceremony honouring Canadian veterans, on the second day of the Canadian royal tour

Charles smiles as he and Camilla sign a guestbook, at a ceremony honouring Canadian veterans, on the second day of the Canadian royal tour 

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Charles and Camilla took part in the solemn event at the National War Memorial in the capital Ottawa on the second day of their whirlwind three-day tour marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Charles and Camilla took part in the solemn event at the National War Memorial in the capital Ottawa on the second day of their whirlwind three-day tour marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince Charles gestures while arriving for a ceremony honouring Canadian veterans with Camilla  royal tour

Prince Charles gestures while arriving for a ceremony honouring Canadian veterans with Camilla on the second day of the Canadian at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Mary Simon, the governor general of Canada talks with the Prince of Wales, followed by the Duchess of Cornwall, after the ceremony in Ottawa today

Mary Simon, the governor general of Canada talks with the Prince of Wales, followed by the Duchess of Cornwall, after the ceremony in Ottawa today

Charles and Camilla landed in Ottawa yesterday after travelling from Newfoundland and Labrador, where he attended an official welcome ceremony at the Confederation Building in St John’s.

During the ceremony the prince made a speech saying is time to find new ways to ‘come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of Canada’s past’ as he addressed reconciliation for the treatment of indigenous communities in Canada. 

He had been urged to apologise on behalf of the monarchy ahead of touching down in Canada on their first day of their tour yesterday. 

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 today. 

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.

Charles greets military personal as he and Camilla attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at National War Memorial on day two of their Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada

Charles greets military personal as he and Camilla attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at National War Memorial on day two of their Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Canada for three days and today attended a Wreath Laying Ceremony at National War Memorial

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Canada for three days and today attended a Wreath Laying Ceremony at National War Memorial

The Duke and Duchess with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon on day two of their Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada

The Duke and Duchess with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon on day two of their Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada

Charles stood before the imposing memorial as a bugler played the last post and a period of silence observed during the poignant ceremony today

Charles stood before the imposing memorial as a bugler played the last post and a period of silence observed during the poignant ceremony today 

Prince Charles was handed the wreath by a member of military personal as he attended a ceremony honouring Canadian veterans, on the second day of the Canadian tour

Prince Charles was handed the wreath by a member of military personal as he attended a ceremony honouring Canadian veterans, on the second day of the Canadian tour 

The pressure comes after 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.

Nevertheless, Charles and Camilla received a very warm welcome from cheering crowds, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and senior leaders from indigenous groups.

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’. 

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.’

Charles and Camilla are seen laying their wreath and bouquet at the National War Memorial in Ottawa during their royal tour of Canada to mark the Queen's Jubilee

Charles and Camilla are seen laying their wreath and bouquet at the National War Memorial in Ottawa during their royal tour of Canada to mark the Queen’s Jubilee 

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall observed a silence as they attended a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall observed a silence as they attended a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Charles laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales' feathers made from white flowers, while Camilla left a bouquet. Both floral tributes featured cards from the couple with the words 'in grateful remembrance'

Charles laid a wreath of poppies, which featured the Prince of Wales’ feathers made from white flowers, while Camilla left a bouquet. Both floral tributes featured cards from the couple with the words ‘in grateful remembrance’

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

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.’

The UK enjoys a warm relationship with Canada, where the Queen is head of state, and whose Platinum Jubilee Charles and Camilla’s three-day visit is designed to celebrate.

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