Huge crowds welcome Charles and Camilla to Ottawa

Huge crowds lined the streets in Ottawa as Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, joined dignitaries to celebrate the 150th Canada Day.

Governor General David Johnston presented the Prince of Wales with the insignia of companion of the Order of Canada, beginning a day packed with events to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Charles, who was being recognized for his philanthropy, was at Rideau Hall with his wife, Camilla at the start of the final day of their three-day royal visit, which finished with Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill.

First,  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had an audience with the prince in the sprawling drawing room at Rideau Hall, talking animatedly with broad smiles for the assembled press corps.

Prince Charles in OttawaHuge crowds greet Prince Charles in Ottowa (photo @ClarenceHouse, Twitter)
Later in the day, the royal couple were to visit the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, before the moving on to a peacekeeping monument in Ottawa for a ceremonial guard inspection.

They are also to attend the recently opened National Arts Centre.

Other visits include a stop at Shopify, the huge Ottawa-based e-commerce company, as well as the inauguration of the Queen’s entrance at Rideau Hall in the evening.

The three day tour comes as the Queen celebrated Canada Day with a new portrait.