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HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President

The Commemorative Visit to Canada, November 15-19, 2017, of

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia

Above: Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, and Princess Saba Kebede in the Canadian Senate on November 16, 2016, with J. Greg Peters, MVO, Usher of the Black Rod. Mr Peters, whose position acts as a representative of the Sovereign of Canada in Parliament, presented Their Imperial Highnesses with books, and Prince Ermias presented Mr Peters with an Ethiopian Cross and the book, “Ethiopia Reaches Her Hand Unto God”. Below left: HIH Prince Ermias, on stage at the Canadian Museum of History on November 16, 2017, receives the award of Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society from the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOC, and the Hon. President of the RCGS, Alex Trebek, OC..


RCGS Investiture-cropped1.jpgTheir Imperial Highnesses Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie and Princess Saba Kebede arrived in Ottawa on November 15, 2017, to start the Crown’s Commemorative Visit to Canada, marking the 50th anniversary of the State Visit of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1967. The Emperor’s visit coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and Their Imperial Highnesses’ visit coincided with the 150th anniversary.

The Commemorative Visit followed the immensely successful Commemorative Visit by Prince Ermias to Australia in June 2017, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Emperor’s State Visit to Australia in 1968. See: Their Imperial Highnesses also undertook a groundbreaking Commemorative Visit to Jamaica in 2016, marking the half-century since the Emperor’s State Visit there in 1966.

These series of Commemorative Visits are designed to support the Ethiopian diaspora, and to help the drive toward unifying Ethiopians, who still suffer from the divisive effects of the coup and subsequent destruction of Ethiopia by the Dergue which seized power in 1974.

The Imperial Couple chose to drive into Canada from Buffalo, New York, so that they could see some of the countryside on their first formal visit to Canada. Their visit saw the start of their formal activities on November 16, 2017, with a visit by His Imperial Highness to the new Headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Ottawa, where the Honorary President of the Society, Alex Trebek, OC, and RCGS Chief Executive Officer John Geiger, GOEM, welcomed him.

Prince Ermias was honored in a ceremony by the RCGS with investiture as an Honorary Fellow of the Society, in which the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario placed the Fellow's medal around the neck of His Imperial Highness.

The Imperial couple also visited Parliament on November 16, as guests of the Usher of the Black Rod, Mr J. Greg Peters, MVO, who also participated with some 500 other dignitaries, including Fellows of the RCGS, at a dinner at the Museum of History.

The couple departed for Toronto early on November 17, 2017, for meetings with the Ethiopian and African diaspora communities and for a special visit to Dundurn Castle, in Hamilton. They were also be guests at a private reception honoring the work undertaken by the University of Toronto to promote educational, medical, and other areas of cooperation with Ethiopia, and for the University's teaching of Ethiopian and Ge'ez studies.

They departed Toronto for the US on Sunday, November 19, 2017.






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