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October 22, 2015
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Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex to visit Prince Edward Island

Premier's Office

The Province is pleased that His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex will be in Prince Edward Island November 2 and 3 on an unofficial working visit as part of his Canadian tour.

His Royal Highness is visiting the Island at the invitation of the Prince Edward Island Regiment and he will take part in a 140th anniversary event organized by the Regiment on November 2. He will attend a Special Olympics event being held at UPEI on November 3.

“We are extremely pleased that the hospitality of Government House has been accepted by His Royal Highness,” said Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis. “This will be Prince Edward’s fifth visit to our province and it is an honour to host a member of the Royal Family once again.”

“The soldiers of the Prince Edward Island Regiment are honoured and excited to have the opportunity to meet with our Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex," said Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Wynne. "As we prepare to celebrate our 140th anniversary, we are delighted to have our Colonel-in-Chief present to help us highlight the accomplishments of our soldiers.”

“It is my privilege, along with Lieutenant Governor, Frank Lewis, to be hosting His Royal Highness at the upcoming Special Olympics Fun Day,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “We look forward to his visit with excitement and anticipation.”

“We are elated that His Royal Highness will participate in our second annual Special Olympics PEI Fun Day for Island students,” said Special Olympics PEI executive director, Charity Sheehan. “His presence will certainly increase awareness of the important work of our organization. This event will help introduce our programs to a new generation of potential Special Olympics athletes and volunteers through a day of fun and inclusion.”

“It's a double pleasure for UPEI to be hosting His Royal Highness, as well as the 250 Island students, teachers, and volunteers at the Special Olympics PEI Fun Day," said University of Prince Edward Island President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Abd-El-Aziz. "It is a priority of the university to engage with, and foster the development of our community. We are proud to put this tradition of service on display."

Attendance at these events is by invitation of the Regiment and Special Olympics.

Prince Edward’s last visit to the province was in 2007 when he received an honorary degree from UPEI.

Media Contact: Mary Moszynski
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