VIDEO: Royal schedule includes visit to private Charlottetown school

Nigel Armstrong
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Itinerary released Friday for May 19, 20 visit of Prince Charles and Camilla to Charlottetown, Cornwall and Bonshaw

The big question now for students at Immanuel Christian school in Charlottetown is whether or not the Duchess of Cornwall will play the role of Juliet when she comes to visit the school.

The itinerary of the visit to Prince Edward Island by Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, was released Friday. Prince Charles and Camilla will be on the lsland May 19 and 20. Camilla, responding to letters written by students in the grande six, seven combined class at the school, has agreed to attend for half an hour on Tuesday, May 20.

See more detailed tour schedule

The school is housed in Spring Park United church in Charlottetown with plans to move to the former Kent Building supplies location next school year.

Since the official announcement of the schedule wasn't until Friday, no explanation was able to be given to students about the strange activity Thursday when a bus-load of grown ups, some in police uniform, arrived on a security, protocol and media placement tour.

That night there were tales told of police surrounding the principal and a teacher and rumours they had been whisked off to jail, said Matthew Mann, principal at Immanuel.

The next day, Friday, the school assembled to hear teacher Bethany Kipp announce the real reason, that a letter-writing exercise in English class suggested by her own mother had received a personal answer.

"We sent the letters off to Clarence House (the official London residence of the Prince of Wales)," said Mann.

Much later, a phone call from Canadian government officials said that Camilla had read the letters personally, was impressed by the content and agreed to visit.

Miss Kipp's class is in the process of rehearsing an abridged version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. They hope to perform a scene or two for the Duchess and have even asked the protocol officers if she would be willing to read the part of Juliet for the famous balcony scene.

"I wasn't too keen about being Romeo, but now . . .," said student Lucas Mann.

The Royal couple will fly into Charlottetown Airport on Victoria Day, Monday, May 19 arriving at 6:05 p.m.

With a little more than a combined total of 22 hours in the province, the Royal couple plans stops in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Bonshaw.

Charles and Camilla will arrive at Province House at 8:30 p.m. Monday for an outdoor concert, followed by fireworks before retiring for the night.

On Tuesday stops include the annual youth parliament, a lecture presentation at Confederation Centre, a tour of the new Prince Edward Home, the Prince of Wales campus of Holland College, a seniors celebration at Cornwall United Church and Bonshaw Provincial Park

Organizations: Holland College, Province House for the Confederation Centre, Charlottetown Airport Cornwall United Church Royal Highnesses Confederation Centre Canadian Institute of Forestry Commonwealth Games Immanuel Christian School Royal Tour

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Bonshaw Provincial Park Cornwall Bonshaw Canada Green Gables Glasgow Scotland Winnipeg Manitoba

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Recent comments

  • Betty Lowe
    May 08, 2014 - 19:02

    It,s my birthday Monday ,could I meet them ,?

  • Craig
    April 26, 2014 - 07:13

    With all the problems we have here on pei healthcare, education , drugs and the debt , how can any person justify spending thousands of dollars for these 2 people to come here for a day. Just another example of government wasting money on people who never worked a day in their life to come here for a photo !

    • Thelma
      April 26, 2014 - 20:46

      Good for these children. It sounds like they put a lot of thought and effort into their letter writing campaign. Don't "rain on their parade".