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This is the story of Prince Charles and the three bears: The white one, the famous one and the dangerous one

As The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales toured Canada this week, there was little doubt Prince Charles had wandered into bear country.

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Prince Charles and the polar bear

Prince Charles fed a polar bear while visiting Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg on Wednesday.  Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are on a four-day visit to Canada that began in Halifax and included stops in Pictou, N.S., and the Prince Edward Island towns of Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall and concluded in Winnipeg. The Prince traded his sceptre for long metal tongs to feed fish to the polar bear in an effort to ensure that the feeding went off without incident. It did.
The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Prince Charles and the Pooh Bear

Charles and Camilla were greeted on Wednesday at the Pooh Gallery, which houses a collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia, including the first painting of Winnie the Pooh by E.H. Shepard. The Royals were told the story of the Winnipeg origins of the humble bear, made famous in the stories of A.A. Milne. 
Reuters/Dave Parker

Prince Charles and the Russian Bear

The Prince, seen here with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2003, set off a media firestorm in Britain on Wednesday when, in a private conversation while in Canada, he reportedly compared Mr. Putin’s actions in Ukraine to moves made by Adolf Hitler. The Daily Mail said Charles made the comment during a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. The remarks were criticized by all political stripes in Britain, with Labour Party MP Mike Gapes calling for his abdication.

The newspaper quoted museum volunteer Marienne Ferguson, who said her Jewish family fled to Canada from Poland as the German army approached ahead of the Second World War, as saying she told Charles about her family background and that the Prince then said to her: “And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.” On June 6, the Prince  is due to join his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and leaders of the Second World War Allies — including Mr. Putin — at events in France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. 

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