Earl and Countess of Wessex: Visit to Canada - June 2-7, 2005
Nearly a week after his mother ended her visit of Canada, Prince Edward arrived in the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland Tuesday night. His wife is not with him yet. I dont know if she'd arrive separately.
Nfld. youth welcome Prince Edward to Canada
ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. Curtsies aren't exactly in the modern teen lexicon but with a few pointers on royal protocol, hundreds of Newfoundland youth welcomed Britain's Prince Edward to Canada on Tuesday night.
In his first stop on a six-city tour, the Queen's youngest son met with about 300 teenagers involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards created by his father.
"I received an e-mail just letting me know that you have to call him 'Your Royal Highness' when you first meet him and then 'Sir' afterwards, and a small bow," said Chris Ogbuah, 18, who escorted Edward, Earl of Wessex, as he chatted with award recipients for well over an hour.
For others, the invitations to the youth soiree had a little more than the usual time and place.
Stand for the arrival and departure of the prince, and it is customary for gentlemen to bow from the neck and for ladies to half curtsy.
There was no extra training needed, said Adrienne Oliver, 18, who escorted the prince along with Ogbuah.
"People trusted us not to make fools of ourselves," she said after dining with the prince on hamburgers.
"He was really nice," said Katie Stenson after chatting with Edward about the project that helped her earn her award. "I forgot to curtsy when I first met him, but he didn't seem to mind at all."
Edward did not speak to the media. He gave a short speech thanking his young hosts and congratulating them on their achievements.
Although the visit is not an official royal visit, on Wednesday he will present about 140 Newfoundland teenagers with Duke of Edinburgh awards in St. John's before moving on to stops in New Brunswick and P.E.I. on Thursday, Nova Scotia on Friday and Ontario on the weekend.
The award recognizes youth between the ages 14 and 25 who set and achieve goals in personal skills, community service, fitness and wilderness expeditions.
The program was started by Edward's father, Prince Philip, in 1956 and came to Canada in 1963. Today there are approximately 500,000 around the world involved.
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams welcomed Edward to the province and invited him to return with his wife and baby daughter. Sophie Rhy-Jones did not accompany Edward to Newfoundland.
"You can come here inconspicuously and hide away and nobody will know you," Williams said lightheartedly in his welcome speech.
Williams may not have realized just how right he was.
"Charles's brother?" Oliver guessed, sounding unconvinced, when asked where Edward fit into the royal lineage.
Stenson did a little cramming before the big night.
"My mom gave me a rundown on the family tree . . . so I kind of know who's related to who," she said.
Edward will spend some vacation time at an undisclosed location in Ontario before leaving June 8.
He was last in Canada in 2003, when he visited Ontario and Saskatchewan. He visited Newfoundland and Labrador five years ago.
i cant wait see the Wessexes at pictures what Sophie wores new dresses and hats and gala dinners also.If Wessexes bring Lady Louise to Canada maybe wait and see!
They would not Sara.Even in England they still not but i think maybe at Trooping the Colour Saturday next week.
yes I think that only the Queen's visits generate the most interest in the media here.
I managed to make some caps.
Here's Prince Edward last night in St. John's, Newfoundland
Thank you so much Humera - I knew I could count on you to find something on the visit! Lucky Edward - I'm sure he is having a grand time & enjoying some good ole Newfoundland hospitality!
Here is a press release I got about an event Edward and Sophie are attending. (And even though it has absolutely nothing to do with my magazine or related to anything I cover for my magazine, I am going!)
Sounds fun Alexandria. It's nice that they will be doing a walk about, so you might get to see them up close & maybe even shake their hands. Perhaps you will be able to get a picture that you can share with us (hint, hint) since there doesn't seem to be too much media coverage yet! :) Enjoy!
Thanks lots Humera.
Thanks HMQueenElizabethII for finding a picture for us! There doesn't seem to be much in media on this visit (maybe that will change when Sophie joins him later on).
Here's a little blurb from CBC PEI (http://pei.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/V...dward_20050602)
Prince Edward visits Jun 2 2005 02:21 PM ADT
CBC News CHARLOTTETOWN Prince Edward made a short, but busy, stop on the Island on Thursday. The prince arrived at the Charlottetown airport around 10 a.m. for a six-hour visit. He started his visit at Charlottetown City Hall, where hundreds of people gathered to see him. Then he made his only public appearance at a 150th anniversary celebration in front of the fire hall on Kent Street. "It's a great pleasure to be back here again and renew my acquaintance with the Island after which I was named, I believe. At least that's what I tell everybody when I come here," the prince said with a laugh. He also visited the Charlottetown armouries for another anniversary celebration, this one the 130th anniversary of the P.E.I. Regiment. After that, the prince had lunch with 48 guests and the lieutenant governor at Government House. He then presented 28 gold level Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The award program recognizes young people between the ages 14 and 25 who set and achieve goals in personal skills, community service, fitness and wilderness expeditions. "We have approximately 200 participants in the program at the bronze, silver and gold level," Bob Moffat, president of the program on P.E.I., said before the ceremony. "Following today's ceremony at Government House, we'll have approximately 20 gold award achievers on the Island, which I think is just tremendous." Prince Edward is also visiting Saint John, N.B., Thursday to present more Duke of Edinburgh Awards. He'll be in Nova Scotia on Friday.
Im expecting more media coverage once Prince Edward moves on to Ontario.
So far the national news shows haven't mentioned him. Politics have understandably monopolized the headlines.
Prince Edward makes brief visit to P.E.I. to meet with youth
CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) - Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest son, made brief working visit to Prince Edward Island on Thursday, meeting with young people and attending a couple of civic ceremonies.
"It's a great pleasure to be back here again and renew my acquaintance with the Island after which I was named, I believe," he said with a laugh. "At least that's what I tell everybody when I come here."
He started his six-hour visit at Charlottetown City Hall, where hundreds of people gathered to see him.
The Earl of Wessex then moved on to a 150th anniversary celebration for a local fire hall and the 130th anniversary for the P.E.I. Regiment at the Charlottetown Armouries.
The prince then joined Lt.-Gov. Leonce Bernard and 48 guests for lunch at Government House, where he presented 28 gold level Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The awards program recognizes young people between the ages 14 and 25 who set and achieve goals in personal skills, community service, fitness and wilderness expeditions.
"We have approximately 200 participants in the program at the bronze, silver and gold level," Bob Moffat, president of the program on P.E.I., said before the ceremony.
"Following today's ceremony at Government House, we'll have approximately 20 gold award achievers on the Island, which I think is just tremendous."
The prince was also expected to visit Saint John, N.B., Thursday to present more awards.
He was also slated to be in Tatamagouche, N.S., on Friday, where he will meet more award winners, before moving on to Ontario.
The prince is expected to spend some vacation time at an undisclosed location in Ontario before leaving June 8.
Prince Edward started his Canadian visit on Tuesday in St. John's, Nfld., where he met about 300 teenagers involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
On Wednesday he presented about 140 Newfoundland teenagers with the award.
The 41-year-old prince was last in Canada in 2003, when he visited Ontario and
Prince Edward in Prince Edward Island
Isnīt Sophie with him?
She has some engagements in Ontario province.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, right, applauds with New Brunswick Lt. Governor Hermenegilde Chiasson during a stop in Saint John, New Brunswick Thursday June 2, 2005. The Earl of Wessex presented gold level Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a ceremony in Saint John, which bills itself as Canada's Loyalist City. (AP Photo/New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, David Nickerson, CP)
The Wessexes should get better press for all the hard work they are doing. You never hear anything about them, it's a shame.
Also it depends on whether there is more important political and local news happening, which is the case in Canada right now. Sophie isnt here yet. Once she is visible im sure things will pick up
Edward in Nova Scotia
A little blurb about Edward's visit to Nova Scotia yesterday.
Tim Krochak / Staff
Prince Edward chats with young people after a barbecue lunch for members of the Young Canadian Challenge at the Tim Horton Children's Camp in Tatamagouche on Friday.
Prince, kids munch on burgers during visit to Tatamagouche
By CATHY VON KINTZEL / Truro Bureau
TATAMAGOUCHE - One-year-old Dawson McCulloch won't remember his brush with British royalty, but Prince Edward certainly made a lasting impression on his grandmother Friday.
"We've been looking forward to this all week," Debbie George of Dartmouth said moments after meeting a relaxed and casually dressed Earl of Wessex during his afternoon visit to Tatamagouche, Colchester County.
"He's handsome ... I think he looks like his father," Ms. George said, cradling her smiling and cooing grandson, who seemed to enjoy the attention they were getting.
"He just looked like he fit in with everyone."
Close to 200 people attended the invitation-only event held at the Tim Horton Children's Camp and designed to shine a spotlight on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program for which the prince is the international council chairman.
The coastal camp's manicured lawns resembled a college campus before Prince Edward's arrival, as a scattering of young participants ages 14 to 25 and dressed in shorts, light shirts and capri pants lathered on sunscreen to lounge in the sun, play guitar and chat.
The Queen's third and youngest son visited all four Atlantic provinces in the past week and flew to Nova Scotia from New Brunswick in a private jet owned by businessman Ron Joyce of Tim Horton's fame. The prince landed at Mr. Joyce's exclusive Fox Harb'r Resort and was driven to Tatamagouche in a dark Lincoln Town Car, flanked by six other vehicles.
The 41-year-old prince, wearing light-coloured pants and a dark blue golf shirt, seemed to thoroughly enjoy his Nova Scotia experience, which included sunny blue skies and 30 C temperatures.
He slapped his thigh in time to lively fiddle music that several young program participants provided, and Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman inducted him into the Order of Good Cheer.
Samuel de Champlain established the order, said to be North America's oldest social club, in 1606 to make life more bearable for settlers at Port Royal.
As honorary grand master, Ms. Freeman made the prince promise to have a good time, remember the province fondly, speak highly of his visit and come back soon.
He gladly went along with the requests, responding "Oh yes," to the first three and "Definitely yes" to the last.
Menya Jolicoeur, 15, of Dartmouth thought it was "pretty cool" the prince would spend so much time with him and other program participants.
"It's neat to have such an important figure here and a great experience for anyone our age to meet a prince," he said.
The prince's father, Prince Philip, started the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program in 1956. It is designed to encourage young people to challenge themselves in areas of skill development, health and fitness, caring for their environment and community.
Kathryn Cleveland of Aylesford thought she'd won the royal lottery, being among five young people selected to eat lunch with Prince Edward.
"How many people can say they've casually had a luncheon with the Earl of Wessex or any member of the Royal Family?" she said with a smile.
Lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers and salads was served on a massive outdoor deck overlooking Tatamagouche Bay.
The prince shared many stories and laughs with his lunch partners, who later said they covered a range of topics from flying and animals to challenges and home.
"He seemed to enjoy us as much as we enjoyed him," Kathryn said.
In a short speech, Prince Edward praised the fact that participants from all over the province had come together to meet and exchange stories.
"I think today we've had quite a lot of fun," he said.
"What you'll really discover from all of this is that if you can meet the challenges of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, then I can assure you you will meet the challenges of anything else that life will throw you in the future."
The prince was to have a private business dinner at Fox Harb'r Resort before leaving Friday night for Ontario where he will join his wife for some joint public engagements.
I didn't think the forum would put up a thread for the Earl and Countess of Wessex's visit to Canada. It is a private visit, and although petty busy not that long.
But, thank you for helping me find links for House Wessex News Headlines. There are quite a lot. If you would like to see it.
I must say that I have been following Edward (Sophie) for a number of years now, and if there is one place that he really is happiest it has to be Canada. I've never been to Canada, but it must be a wonderful place.
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