© Teresa Wright
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla walk to Province House during their visit to Charlottetown.
Leslie White was simply hoping to get a nice little look around Charlottetown Tuesday when her cruise ship made a stop in the capital city.
She quickly changed plans after learning Monday night that a couple of special visitors – Prince Charles and his wife Camilla – would also be in town.
White of North Carolina and her friends then strolled off the boat set to get a glimpse of royalty.
They managed to stake out a great location just outside the red rope separating royal watchers from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as the royal couple made their way into Province House this morning.
“We did not expect to get this close…that was definitely worth getting off the ship,’’ White said after being thrilled by a close brush with royalty.
Prince Charles shook her hand and even charmed her with a nice exchange.
“I told him ‘you are a very handsome gentleman’ and he said ‘flattery will get you everywhere,’’’ she said.
Marlene Hunt of Cornwall had far more advance notice that she would get a chance to see Charles and Camilla.
The education assistant at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School lined up with Grade 8 students along the entranceway to Province House.
She was more than ready for the occasion.
She held a Union Jack umbrella that she bought last June in London, England and sported a fascinator on her head.
“I’m a big member and believer in the Commonwealth,’’ she said.
“I just love them (the Royals)…I’m excited. I’m excited for the children.’’
Queen Charlotte student Paige Biggley, 13, was also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Royal couple on a rainy morning.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,’’ she said.
“I’ve never seen anyone from the Royal family.’’
Janet MacDonald of Charlottetown lined up one hour early to ensure a good viewing spot. She stood right up against the rope near Province House with her “little pocket Canon" camera at the ready.
Charles and Camilla arrived in Charlottetown Monday night and have a full schedule of events in the province today touring locations in the city, Cornwall and Bonshaw.