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Wade Lynch playing Queen Elizabeth II during last year’s QEH Telethon at Eastlink studios in Stratford. Lynch will reprise his role for Charles and Camilla’s visit to P.E.I. on Victoria Day Monday in Charlottetown. 

‘Queen’ skit starring Wade Lynch may be risky but lets hope fireworks stay over harbour area

The whole idea did seem a little bizarre. The royal eyebrows must have arched when Prince Charles and Lady Camilla were first presented with the script. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Province House on Monday evening for celebrations marking Victoria Day and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. As part of the evening’s entertainment, actor Wade Lynch will reprise his comedic role as Queen Elizabeth II.

The very idea has shocked supporters of the monarchy. Mr. Lynch is part of the line-up that will entertain Islanders and their special guests that opening night.

Even the actor said he was shocked when asked to appear as the queen. Lynch was required to submit his script for approval and no changes were requested by the Royal Family.

It appears that Prince Charles, considered a very serious king-in-waiting, does have a wry sense of humour if he is willing to be gently mocked by a stand-in mother in Charlottetown.

We hope the skit doesn’t flop and bravo to the royal couple for being able to not take themselves too seriously.

Premier Robert Ghiz is inviting all Islanders to come out for Monday’s celebrations with entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds at Province House.

Keep your fingers crossed that the only fireworks will be viewed over the Hillsborough River and not on stage. The royal couple has a full itinerary Tuesday in the Charlottetown area. Let’s hope the weather co-operates and Islanders display a warm P.E.I. welcome to our future king and his wife.

Weekend thoughts

Under the shadow of Province House, it was one of the more exciting announcements to come out of the legislature building this spring but it had nothing to do with our government’s business. Sheila Copps, a former deputy prime minister of Canada, was in the public gallery observing Question Period. “I’m here to make P.E.I. the apple capital of the world.” Huh? Copps was here with officials from Canadian Nectar Products Inc. who have purchased 155 acres of land in eastern P.E.I. The idea is to market P.E.I. applies in Europe because this is apparently the best place in terms of soil and climate to grow low sugar apples. CNPI wants to transform P.E.I. into a major apple production and packing facility. Are the Annapolis Valley, Niagara Peninsula and Okanagan Valley soon to pass into apple sauce history?

Read all about it. The odds are getting better that P.E.I. will have another Stanley Cup parade this summer. Brad Richards of Murray Harbour leads his New York Rangers into the NHL’s Eastern final against the Montreal Canadiens this afternoon. Richards had a huge hometown parade in 2004 when his Tampa Bay Lightning won Lord Stanley’s mug. But no one should forget that Gerard ‘Turk’ Gallant is an assistant coach with the Canadiens and would earn a parade of his own in Summerside should Montreal triumph. No matter who wins this series, the winner will have an Islander aboard in the final. A Stanley Cup parade would be a fitting addition to the calendar for our 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.

Knights and chivalry etc. When one hears the word ‘mead’ it suggests movie scenes depicting castles in the Middle Ages with a banquet room filled with dukes, earls and other gentry. We expect to see beer wenches pouring mead from huge flasks for thirsty knights following a bout of jousting. Often referred to as the nectar of the gods, mead is making a modern-day comeback here on P.E.I. Honeydew Apiaries in Canoe Cove won silver at the largest mead-only competition in the world this year. An alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, mead is produced, bottled and labeled on the Daniel Ficza farm. One wonders if there are lances with heraldic flags fluttering in his yard.

 

Organizations: Province House, Canadian Nectar Products, New York Rangers NHL Montreal Canadiens Tampa Bay Lightning

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I., Charlottetown, Hillsborough River Canada Europe Annapolis Valley Niagara Peninsula Okanagan Valley Murray Harbour Summerside Montreal Middle Ages

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  • peggy arsenault
    May 20, 2014 - 11:30

    Just watched the Guardian video of the skit. I see this as a black eye for the Island. We have such talent here and Wade Lynch can certainly hold his own, but why this skit??? The Duchess' facial expressions certainly do not show enjoyment during the skit. Do we entertain guests by imitating their family for a laugh? To me, that is not the Island way. I am both disappointed and embarrassed and feel that an apology to the Royals would be in order.