Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall were beaming as they touched down in Canada as part of a three day tour.

The couple arrived in St John's, Newfoundland, on Tuesday 17 May as part of a tour to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Charles and Camilla touched down on the island of Newfoundland, which was the first leg on their 72-hour visit which will see them travel a staggering 9,000 miles.

Schoolchildren waving flags and well-wishers greeted the royal couple as they disembarked to begin their whirlwind schedule of engagements with a welcoming ceremony in the city of St John's.

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.

Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, will begin their tour by acknowledging the treatment of the indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 indigenous kids were forced into the schools in an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society.

Thousands of children died of disease and other causes, with many tragically never returned to their families.

They will take part in a "solemn moment of reflection and prayer" in the Heart Garden in St John's, Newfoundland, dedicated to the thousands who died or were abused in the school system.

Charles and Camilla flew in the Canadian Government's official Royal Canadian Air Force plane which has been renamed as Royals 01 especially for the voyage. It is normally called CanForce1 when the country's Prime Minster is on board.

Immediately after their arrival the couple travelled to St John's by convoy for an official welcome ceremony at the Confederation Building attended by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Other dignitaries as well as senior representatives of the main Indigenous communities were also present.

They also visited the Quidi Vidi Brewery during their tour of Quidi Vidi Village.

The Prince took a Royal Salute and inspected a guard of honour, before he and his wife watched cultural performances representing Newfoundland and Labrador's history and traditions.

Charles is expected to speak about the Queen's "profound affection she feels for Canada and its people" in his first major speech of the tour.

The visit will also see the couple travel to Ottawa and Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories.

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