Wellington Ready for Royal Visit

Wellington is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on Friday.

Prince Edward County officials held a debriefing with vendors Thursday evening at the Wellington Church in preparation for Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit to the Farmer’s Market set for 1:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. The royals began their three-day visit to Canada Thursday with a trip to Iqaluit where Prince Charles and Camilla met with local leaders working to preserve indigenous languages. The royal couple begin their Quinte area visit Friday morning with a stop at 8-Wing CFB Trenton at 11:15 a.m. where they will participate in a search and rescue demonstration and honour the fallen at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial.

The royal visit to Wellington plans to highlight the work being done to develop and promote the “farm to table” and “shop locally” movement in the County.

Mayor Robert Quaiff said they held the meeting to make sure vendors know security protocol and where street closures will be located as Main Street will undoubtedly be a flurry of activity.

Mayor Quaiff called it an honour to host the future King of England adding he is a bundle of excitement and a bit of nerves with the visit now less than 24 hours away.

He said everyone is ‘buzzing with excitement.’

For the past month, the County has been busy in preparation for the royal visit.

The mayor beamed how the community, Premier’s office and the National Heritage Office out of Ottawa are ecstatic with the condition of the Wellington park and church.

“They said tonight the park just looks amazing,” mayor Quaiff beamed.

The itinerary states the royal couple will visit the booths, stop to chat with vendors and artisans at the Market. Mayor Quaiff said the public will have some access to if Prince Charles and Camila break protocol which he adds ‘their being told they do just about all the time.’

Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Agriculture Jeff Leal are also to be in attendance.

Following the market visit the royal couple will make a stop at Norman Hardie Winery and meet local vintners and farmers before heading to Ottawa for the 150th Canada Day celebrations on Saturday.

by Nicole Kleinsteuber – Quinte News

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