Prince Charles Montreal Visit: Greeted by Protesters
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla landed in Montreal today for a visit and were greeted by protesters and supporters of Quebec independence; some even threw eggs at the soldiers who came to make sure the protest stayed under control.
'Le Quebec aux Quebecois' was one of the slogans that were chanted and about 200 protesters came out to block the prince from getting in to an event where he was to address members of a historic regiment.
Riot police eventually showed up and moved the crowd back so that a path could be cleared for the Prince's motorcade. There were several arrests made but the protest was still civil, with some protesters picking up their own trash and handing it to the police for safe disposal.
The protest delayed the Prince and Camilla for about 45 minutes.
The prince joked about the delay to his audience when he finally arrived to give the regiment its new colours.
"I just want to say how very sorry my wife and I are to have kept you waiting so long," he said. "I fear there was a notable little disturbance."
Most of the protesters were against the monarchy still having a hold over Quebec even after all these years.
Prince Charles addressed the fighting in Afghanistan during his speech:
"With both my sons serving in the armed forces, and one of them having served in Afghanistan, I know only too well the constant nagging anxiety which permeates your life when a loved one is placed in harm's way, particularly during deployment overseas," Charles said.
"To all the families gathered here this evening I want to say publicly, and with all my heart, thank you for the crucial love and understanding you provide to those who have chosen to serve us all and defend those things we hold dear."