Robert Ghiz pleased with P.E.I. leg of royal tour

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Prince Charles, centre, his wife Camilla and P.E.I Premier Robert Ghiz listen to a musical presentation by a combined choir from local churches on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Cornwall, P.E.I.

Prince Charles and Camilla took in a number of events in less than 24 hours in Prince Edward Island

Premier Robert Ghiz says he’s thrilled with how the royal visit came off.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, spent less than 24 hours in the province on Monday and Tuesday but took part in a number of events.

It was the premier’s second opportunity hosting a royal couple after welcoming Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, three years ago.

“I can say that I was genuinely impressed with Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla,’’ Ghiz said Wednesday. “He was very down to earth, very engaging (and) was interested in what was going on. I have a newfound respect for Prince Charles and Camilla and the role they play within the monarchy.’’

Two of the events the royal couple took part in, either together or separately, that generated a bit of chatter or controversy included Wade Lynch’s performance as Queen Elizabeth II on Monday night and the prince’s visit to the new Bonshaw provincial park.

The Queen skit has drawn a lot of press, locally and internationally, with many saying the royal couple did not appear to have enjoyed the performance.

The premier says that everything the couple took part in was vetted ahead of time by Clarence House, which handles all of the royal couple’s official engagements. That includes the script that Lynch performed.

'I have a newfound respect for Prince Charles and Camilla and the role they play within the monarchy.’ P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz

The Bonshaw issue has been a big news item for some time now. The new park is located around land acquired for the realignment of the Trans-Canada Highway, the scene of protests over the past year.

“They kind of draw up the agenda in terms of areas of interest and we know the prince is an avid hiker and enjoys the outdoors,’’ Ghiz said. “He kept his dress shoes on and went through the trails even though it was a little muddy. He was a great sport.’’

The next opportunity for a royal visit could come as early as 2017 when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. The premier said it goes without saying P.E.I. would be interested although there haven’t been any official requests made yet.

Organizations: Clarence House, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Cambridge, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Guage
    May 24, 2014 - 14:05

    Should be embarrassed by the show Lynch did. Someone had to have approved that mess. Ignoring it will not erase it. Really? Read the Brits paper and their near 300 comments were not very good. That's one way to put PEI on the map. What else can he say in order to save face I suppose. How un refreshing.

  • Billy
    May 23, 2014 - 15:48

    For a couple thousand and a two day stay, they should have been happy. What did their orange juice cost anyway.

    • grapes
      May 23, 2014 - 21:45

      May be a adult movie for $40 like Ghizs Minister who fell asleep on his remote.

  • Anne
    May 23, 2014 - 15:38

    My god the look on their faces would stop a

  • apples
    May 23, 2014 - 15:20

    What is he smoking!!! He just embarrassed Royalty and he is trying to fool Islanders with this nonsense. It is time to go ! Srart packing your bags.

  • frank
    May 23, 2014 - 08:41

    If we ever get rid of the Premier, he could be named protocol officer for Mike Redmond in the next government, - with such success and experience, it would make sense. Especially if Justin Trudeau does not make it in the next federal election and unable to make him a ward of the public for life.

  • randolf
    May 23, 2014 - 08:37

    Imagine our surprise should the Premier have been dissatisfied with the outcome of this waste of taxpayers money---- after all it was his show, wife, kids and all. But frankly, aside from the Guardian taking yet an opportunity to pander to Ghiz, who gives a fig what he thinks---

  • isabella
    May 23, 2014 - 08:33

    No matter who 'wetted' this, the disgraceful 'show' of 'the Queen' should never have been put forward, --- it was NOT funny to begin with, it was down right stupid. I am sure the Premier "wetted" it as well, so that is where the buck stops. Luckily enough the Premier and wife took their clues from the Royal couple and curbed their enthusiasm accordingly. Smart for once.