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Prince Charles, Camilla coming to Manitoba

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles shortly after they were married in April 2005.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles shortly after they were married in April 2005. (ALASTAIR GRANT / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILES)

The man who will be king -- at least, he's been in line for the past 65 years -- is coming to Manitoba.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston announced on Thursday that Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in May as part of a royal tour.

It's commonly thought Queen Elizabeth II, who was born in 1926, will no longer be travelling internationally, with her responsibilities picked up by other family members, including her son, Prince Charles.

"We're delighted and really honoured that they're both going to make Manitoba part of their visit to Canada in 2014," said Dwight MacAulay, chief of protocol for the province.

This will be the first royal visit to the province since the Queen was here in 2010 and Charles' first trip to Manitoba since 1996. (The late Princess Diana never visited Manitoba.)

MacAulay said he will be putting forth a multitude of possible destinations for the royal couple to visit, including the nearly completed Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

"That would be a strong suggestion. It's something we've proud of and it will certainly be at the top of the list," he said.

CMHR spokeswoman Maureen Fitzhenry said the museum has made some initial overtures and discussions with the provincial protocol office.

"We would definitely love to have Prince Charles and Camilla come to visit the museum. We've got our fingers crossed that they'll be willing to come see this gorgeous building," she said.

This wouldn't be the first time a member of the Royal Family visited the museum. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled its cornerstone in July 2010.

Of course, there will be more than a handful of lucky Manitobans who get to meet the prince and duchess. The rules of engagement are pretty simple -- don't speak to them until you're spoken to.

"That's the underpinning of meeting a member of the Royal Family," MacAulay said.

And if they extend their hand, shake it.

"Lots of people reach out with little gifts and it's all appreciated and all received with earnest appreciation and sincerity," he said.

A detailed itinerary will be released closer to the beginning of the royal visit.

geoff.kirbyson@freepress.mb.ca

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