Royal visit continues in N.L. at site of archeological dig under cloudy skies

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are exploring centuries-old aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador as their Canadian visit continues. The royal couple arrived in Cupids today, where they unveiled a plaque to celebrate the community’s 400th birthday in 2010.

Prince Charles and Camilla

CUPIDS, N.L. — Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are exploring centuries-old aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador as their Canadian visit continues.

The royal couple arrived in Cupids today, where they unveiled a plaque to celebrate the community’s 400th birthday in 2010.

Charles spoke of the “stoic” early settlers of the area in an address to those attending the unveiling ceremony in a church.

“They came with their own vision of a new life … something new for themselves and their children,” he said.

“They all came with a purpose, a dream to create something new … to contribute to the great and vibrant tapestry which is the Canada of today.”

Charles and Camilla arrived under a cloud cover that appeared to hover just over Conception Bay.

Rain fell off and on, and may well have thinned the sparse crowd of well-wishers who greeted them. A large Union Jack waved in the breeze.

Cupids was originally known as Cuper’s Cove and it bills itself as the oldest English settlement in Canada.

Charles also remarked that he was “struck by the rugged and imposing landscape” of the area.

Charles, who studied archeology at university, listened closely and asked many questions during a visit to an archeological dig.

Relics unearthed so far are said to date back to the site’s original plantation in 1610.

Archeologist William Gilbert showed Charles and Camilla a coin unearthed at the dig site that is believed to date back to the 1600s.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams also looked on.

The group shivered against a cold wind as the temperature hovered in single digits.

At the church ceremony later, the prime minister began his remarks by recalling the earliest settlers who arrived in Cupids.

He said the area’s soaring cliffs and savage weather “demands the spirit of heroes.”

A trio including flute, harpsichord and cello then performed for the royals.

Williams also welcomed Charles and Camilla to Cupids, saying they should feel “right at home” because of the giant Union Jack that flies over the old English settlement.

The local Cantare Youth Choir and a soloist also performed for the royal couple.

Just Posted

Avid Penhold climber Catlin Hannah’s death a reminder of the dangers of scrambling

Hannah never returned from his Mount Smuts attempt on Aug. 12.

Trudeau: no apologies for heckler encounter, pledges to call out ‘hate speech’

OTTAWA — Hate speech and the politics of division are creating a… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain House RCMP charge woman with drug trafficking

Rocky Mountain House RCMP have charged a woman with drug trafficking after… Continue reading

Officials report some headway on wildfires, but thick smoke hangs over B.C.

Wildfire crews report some headway was made over the weekend battling hundreds… Continue reading

WATCH: Central Albertans learn about farm life at Sunnybrook Farm Museum

Pioneer Days Festival in Red Deer Saturday-Sunday

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are pressing the Trudeau government to sign… Continue reading

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the… Continue reading

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

ESCUMINAC, N.B. — Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance… Continue reading

Trudeau formally announces he’ll run again in next year’s election

MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election.… Continue reading

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

VANCOUVER — More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline protesters released days before weeklong jail sentences end

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Several pipeline protesters were released from a British… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month