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RBC expects to manage transition to Basel III capital rules without use of regulatory event redemption clause

TORONTO, February 7, 2011— Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced that it expects to manage its transition to Basel III capital rules without making use of the regulatory event redemption clause to redeem capital instruments.

As a result of changes to the qualifying criteria for capital under the guidelines published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) on December 16, 2010 and January 13, 2011 and subsequent OSFI guidance regarding the treatment of non-qualifying capital instruments published on February 4, 2011, certain capital instruments may no longer qualify as capital beginning January 1, 2013. RBC's non-common capital instruments will be considered non-qualifying capital instruments under Basel III and will therefore be subject to a 10 per cent phase-out per year beginning in 2013. These non-common capital instruments include preferred shares, trust capital securities and subordinated debentures.

The regulatory event redemption clause applies to RBC's innovative tier 1 capital instruments (RBC trust capital securities). Based on current analysis, RBC does not intend to invoke the clause to effect early redemption of these instruments.

RBC maintains the right to redeem capital instruments based on other existing terms and conditions not linked to regulatory event clauses. RBC also retains the right to invoke any applicable regulatory event redemption clause in accordance with its terms should circumstances change.

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For further information, please contact:

Investor contact:
Karen McCarthy, Toronto, (416) 955-7809,
karen.mccarthy@rbc.com

Media contact:
Gillian McArdle, Toronto, (416) 974-5506
or toll-free 1-888-880-2173, gillian.mcardle@rbc.com


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