I remember waving at the younger Queen and Prince Philip on several occasions, all decked out in my Brownie or Girl Guide uniform.
My sister was home on her annual summer visit when the Duke and Duchess of York came to the Island in 1989.
Her 6 year old daughter, Meg, was going through the little girl princess stage and wanted to see a real live princess. There was a children’s fair so I took the 3 older boys along for the fun. John Alec, who was about 4, was quite impressed with Meg’s choice of outfit for the occasion. She wore a long, frilly dress, a “pearl” necklace and a wreath of flowers in her hair. We had a front row spot to see the royals as they did their walkabout. But when John saw Her Royal Highness, Sarah Ferguson, approaching, he was quite disappointed and announced in a very high, clear (and loud) voice, “She doesn’t look like a princess!” Sarah Ferguson heard him and laughed delightedly. Then said to everyone within earshot, “Did you hear him? He said I don’t look much like a princess”. I think John Alec was expecting that a princess should at least wear a crown. 🙂
I am always a little surprised that PEI is included in so many of the royals’ Canadian travel tours. We are such a small province – our total population isn’t as big as most Canadian cities.
Perhaps it’s because of our historical significance since Prince Edward Island is considered the birthplace of Canada. But there are many historical sites in Canada.
It’s very true that our province is beautiful
This summer we’re having another royal visit. Prince William and Kate are coming to Canada on their first official royal tour as a newlywed couple.
They are only making four stops in the whole country and I was surprised once more to learn that our little province is on their itinerary.
Can you guess why the royals chose PEI this time?
I read it on CBC this morning . . .
It appears that the newest member of the British royal family is the one who insisted on making a stop in P.E.I. in early July.
News organizations around the globe are reporting that the deciding factor in Prince William and his wife Kate’s (Middleton) decision to visit P.E.I. July 3 and 4 is the bride’s long love affair with a classic P.E.I. novel, Anne of Green Gables . . .
She asked to visit the country’s smallest province – Prince Edward Island – with Prince William, as it featured in the book Anne Of Green Gables.
‘It is something of a sentimental journey. The book was Kate’s favourite when she was growing up.’
Anne of Green Gables love strikes again!
Now ~ that’s not surprising!!