Like son, like father! Prince Charles follows in Harry's footsteps as he wears blue suede shoes for Jubilee tour of Canada
18:32 GMT, 22 May 2012
Earlier this year Prince Harry earned his style stripes as he showcased an impressive pair of electric blue suede desert boots on a trip to Jamaica.
But as Charles's Diamond Jubilee tour of Canada got underway yesterday, the Prince of Wales proved he could be as sartorially savvy as his youngest son as he stepped out in a pair of natty blue suede shoes of his own during his visit.
Prince Charles wore the shoes for a Victoria Day fireworks display in Toronto's Ashbridges Bay Park last night, an impressive annual firework display held on Victoria Day, the day the Queen's birthday is officially celebrated.
Blue suede shoes: Prince Charles wore the natty footwear for a Victoria Day firework display hosted by the Government of Ontario during his royal Diamond Jubilee tour last night
Like son, like father: Harry's blue shoes, left, were from Russell & Bromley and were a daring electric hue, while Charles's footwear was more discreet in tone
Snap! Prince Harry wore his blue suede shoes – a pair of 115 Russell and Bromley desert boots that went on to be bestsellers – for his Jamaican visit earlier this year
Today, Charles joined a gathering of First Nations chiefs today as continued his Jubilee tour with the Duchess of Cornwall at his side.
Charles received a traditional welcome before holding talks with the indigenous leaders.
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations – the national body for Canada's Aboriginal people – gave a speech to the invited guests during the meeting.
The British monarchy has a close relationship with the Firsts Nations people built up in past centuries when sovereigns and chiefs developed bonds when signing treaties.
During the day Camilla also visit her regiment, the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, to recognise its distinguished service to the Canadian forces.
Perfect match: Charles's wore the blue shoes for a Victoria Day firework display, held annually to celebrate the Queen's birthday
Impressive: The British royals were joined by Canadian Premier Dalton McGuinty for the stunning display
Blue bloods: Camilla and Charles looked perfectly coordinated in their navy and white outfits
The Duchess is the unit's colonel-in-chief, her first position with a Commonwealth regiment, and unveiled a portrait of herself that will hang in the officers' mess.
While in Toronto the royal couple will award Diamond Jubilee medals to six Canadians – one for each decade of the Queen's reign – for their outstanding contribution and service to the province of Ontario.
Yesterday as he arrived in the country for his four-day tour, the Prince of Wales reminisced about his days as a young naval pilot on exercises as he was officially welcomed to Canada for his Diamond Jubilee tour.
Charles, then a 26-year-old lieutenant, spent five weeks living in a tent at the military base he returned to today with the Duchess of Cornwall for a ceremony full of pomp and pageantry.
Newspaper reports printed 37 years to the day – May 21 1975 – show the heir to the throne sporting stubble and, according to the articles, looking a little nervous, when the press were allowed onto Canadian Forces Base, Gagetown.
Charles flew sorties and transported troops and equipment as part of the major British military exercise codenamed Grey Goose.
A few days later he was photographed with performer Johnny Cash at a concert the country singer played near the base.
Warm welcome: Soon after landing in Canada yesterday, Charles and Camilla were greeted with an official arrival ceremony at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto
Official: The Prince of Wales was accompanied by Canada's military personnel as he arrived for the ceremony
Today with a head of grey hair but still with a trim waistline and sporting a chest full of medals on his suit jacket, the prince described his joy at travelling back to Canada to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Speaking to an invited audience of Forces families, Second World War veterans and dignitaries who included Canada's governor general David Johnston, the prince got a round of applause when he said: 'I am delighted that my wife and I are beginning this, my sixteenth, visit over the past 40 years to Canada here in Gagetown where I have fond memories of my own military service – as a young naval helicopter pilot – in the 1970s at an exercise area in the middle of nowhere, which somewhat inaptly took its name from the local town of Blissville.
What a different 37 years makes: Prince Charles today, a full set of medals pinned to his chest – almost four decades since his 1975 visit when he arrived in Canada, looking nervous, for three weeks of military exercises
'As the father of two serving sons in the armed forces, who seem to have become hereditary helicopter pilots, I am greatly looking forward to talking to members and veterans of her majesty's Canadian armed forces in a few moments and to recognise their particular form of service to the nation.
'I shall also be delighted to see, over the next few days, the results of some of the projects coordinated by my Prince's Charities Canada Foundation.
'I hope these projects may, in a small way, help to promote Canadian values and the way of life through assisting our military with the transition to civilian life by providing private sector training and skills; by bringing business-based solutions to communities who need a bit of a helping hand; and by using the arts as a vehicle for wider learning.'