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While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to settle on the west coast, Manitoba has its own history of royal visits and accolades. Tap into your inner royal with these 5 Manitoba experiences, fit for a queen or king!
1 - High tea party
Fun fact: The term 'high tea' actually derives from the working class. Traditionally, afternoon tea was an indicator of wealth as it was enjoyed by those who were not tethered to a day job. For workers who had to labour through the day, tea was instead enjoyed as an evening meal. While afternoon tea was served on low, parlour chairs, high tea was served at the table, seated on high-back dining chairs - hence the name.
Today, high tea is interpreted as a lavish, fancy affair with multi-tiered goodies and treats. Don your best garb and head to Mcleod House, Fairmont Winnipeg or the Ol' Farmhouse Cafe to try high tea for yourself. Or, stop by High Tea Bakery to pick up some treats for your high tea at home.
2 - Castle stays
Feel like the lady (or lad) of a manor in Morden with a stay at Bella's Castle. This quaint bed and breakfast hosts five bedrooms (highly recommend the premium oval suite) and a wrap-around porch for enjoying your morning tea or coffee. Alternatively, head to Kruk Castle Bed & Breakfast to explore more of Minnedosa from the home base of a beautiful, Victorian-esque mansion.
3 - Medieval Festival
If you can sense some extra excitement this year in Manitoba, it may be thanks to the Medieval Festival's triumphant return! The bi-annual festival is slated in for July 25 to 26, 2020 and is probably the only place in the province where it's appropriate to be asked to be addressed as "Your Highness". Set on the magnificent grounds of the Immaculate Conception Church Of Cooks Creek, the festival includes all the medieval favourites like jousting, archery, dancing, singing, general merriment, puppet shows, a medieval market and more. Don't forget to dress the part!
4 - Royal locales
What's in a name? The Queen has full jurisdiction over deciding which organizations get to use the royal prefix in their name. Since the designation is not given out lightly, the designation indicates a significant contribution to Canadian society and is considered a great honour. Currently, there are six organizations in Manitoba with the royal prefix: Royal Winnipeg Ballet (granted in 1953), Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (granted in 2010), Royal Manitoba Winter Fair (granted in 1970), Royal Manitoba Yacht Club (granted in 1981), Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (granted in 2014). Visit any of these attractions to see what the fuss is about!
5 - Winnipeg Art Gallery
Did you know that the Winnipeg Art Gallery opening in 1971 was attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon? While the world-class museum is currently working on constructing the highly anticipated Inuit Art Centre, the original building remains open. Now until August 2020, see some of the oldest and most beloved artworks in the WAG collection in a classic, salon-style fashion. Salon-style refers to the way that the Paris Salon installed paintings in the late 17th century to the 19th century and offers a different perspective on royalty, as the intention was to rebel against rigid and exclusive French court culture.