‘Queen’ skit embarrassment

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Editor: The Island show for the royal couple on Monday was a total embarrassment. Whoever put the show together totally missed the mark. And who on earth would have put a "queen" in drag onto the stage to mock the Prince's mother? That was in unbelievably poor taste and thank God that part of the show was apparently pared down. (I hate to think how long it was supposed to go on).

The serious side of the evening was totally destroyed by this "queen's" presence. Important historical facts were drowned in the sea of silliness surrounding the performance. He/she noted with a giggle that the 1864 Charlottetown conference, leading to Confederation took place in the very building where they were standing. Yup, and that is why we are celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.  He/she noted that the Confederation Centre for the Arts was built in 1964, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that conference. Yup, these are important parts of Island and Canadian history and they do not deserve to be trivialized. But did I also hear "queen" Lynch actually state that Prince Edward Island is named after Prince Edward, Queen Victoria's son? Giggle, giggle, what a coincidence, today is also Victoria Day, isn't that funny. Not really.

P.E.I. could hardly be named after Queen Victoria's son, as she wasn't born until 23 years after P.E.I. was so named in 1798. It was course named after her father, then Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and son of King George III.

What an evening.

John Palmer,

West Covehead

Organizations: Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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