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News Release - Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as Colonel-in-Chief to Visit Her Canadian Armed Forces Units

NR - 13.303 - October 11, 2013

OTTAWA - Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, on a private visit to Ontario will be visiting The Grey & Simcoe Foresters, the Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS), and the Communications and Electronics Branch as their Colonel-in-Chief in Barrie, Borden and Kingston respectively. There will be joint welcoming events with the cities of Barrie and Kingston during her visit, which will take place from October 22 to 25.

Upon arrival in Canada on October 22, HRH The Princess Royal will conduct her first ever Colonel-in-Chief visit to The Grey and Simcoe Foresters in Barrie, which will include reviewing a Royal Guard of Honour during the City of Barrie’s Dedication Ceremony at its Military Heritage Park and attend a reception at the Southshore Community Centre.

During her visit on October 23, HRH The Princess Royal will meet with personnel of all ranks of the RCMS at its Home Station, the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden. She will also present the RCMS with a Royal Banner during a special ceremony. “The Princess Royal’s Banner” is being presented as a sign of Royal favour in recognition of the sacrifice and valorous service of RCMS members in Afghanistan operations since 2002. It is only the third ever presented to a Canadian Armed Forces element.

In Kingston from October 24 to 25, HRH The Princess Royal will be formerly welcomed by the Mayor of Kingston and senior members of the Canadian Armed Forces at a public event. The highlight of Her Royal Highness’ visit to the city and to CFB Kingston will be the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Communications and Electronics Branch (C&E Branch) and its predecessors. One of several celebratory events will be the fourth Canadian Armed Forces presentation of “The Princess Royal’s Banner” to the C&E Branch in recognition of over a century of outstanding support to Canada’s military, while another will be an open house with displays presenting the past, present and future of Canadian military communications and electronic warfare.

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