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Royal Bank of Canada Resolves Several Outstanding Tax Matters

All amounts are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

TORONTO, May 28, 2012 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced that it has resolved several tax matters and will release approximately $130 million of tax uncertainty provisions previously recorded against businesses which were discontinued in previous years. In addition, RBC will earn interest income of $70 million ($50 million after-tax) related to a refund of taxes paid in previous years. The financial impact of this settlement will be reflected in RBC's third quarter results.

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By their very nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which give rise to the possibility that our predictions, forecasts, projections, expectations or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that our assumptions may not be correct and that the financial impact of our settlement with the CRA will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of risk factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in accounting standards, policies and estimates, including changes in our estimates of provisions, allowances and valuations; the impact of changes in laws and regulations; and judicial or regulatory judgments and legal proceedings.

We caution that the foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect our results. Additional information about these and other factors can be found in our Q2 2012 Report to Shareholders and our 2011 Annual Report.

Except as required by law, we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement contained in this press release

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