Harper Government Unveils New Personal Canadian Flags for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge

OTTAWA, June 29, 2011 - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today unveiled the designs of the new personal flags for use in Canada for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge.

"These royal emblems incorporate distinctly Canadian symbols and embody our strong ties to the Royal Family," said Minister Kenney. "The flag for His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will be proudly flown when he arrives in Canada on June 30."

"The design of these flags was inspired by the personal flag adopted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1962," said The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. "Our Government is proud to unveil these new personal flags designed for Their Royal Highnesses. We encourage all Canadians to take pride in our traditions, our history, and our institutions."

The designs were developed over the past three months by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at Rideau Hall, in collaboration with the households of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, and The Duke of Cambridge. For more information on the flags, see the attached fact sheet.

The Duke of Cambridge's personal flag will fly at appropriate locations during the Royal Tour to denote his presence.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make seven official stops in four provinces and one territory over nine days, from June 30 to July 8. The upcoming Royal Tour will be the first international tour for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a married couple.

The 2011 Royal Tour website provides information and details regarding the Royal Tour and the Monarchy in Canada. You can also follow the latest updates on the Tour on Facebook and Twitter.

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Design of the Personal Flag for Use in Canada for The Prince of Wales

The flag of The Prince of Wales bears a blue roundel within a wreath of golden maple leaves for Canada. The centre features the badge commonly known as the Prince of Wales' feathers, used by the heir apparent to the reigning monarch. Near the top of the flag is the traditional heraldic mark of an eldest male child, the three-point white label.

Design of the Personal Flag for Use in Canada for The Duke of Cambridge

The flag of The Duke of Cambridge bears a blue roundel within a wreath of golden maple leaves for Canada, and shells, a symbol borrowed from his coat of arms. The centre features his cypher, composed of the letter W with a coronet above it that indicates he is the child of the heir apparent of the Sovereign. Near the top of the flag is the personal three-point white label charged with a red shell, taken from his coat of arms.