VIDEO: Royal schedule includes visit to private Charlottetown school

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

Nigel Armstrong NArmstrong@TheGuardian.pe.ca
Published on April 25, 2014

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.

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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

Details of Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, visit to Prince Edward Island next month has been released.

Charles and Camilla will be in Prince Edward May 19 and 20.

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

With a little less than 24 hours in the province, the Royal couple plans stops in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Bonshaw.

Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis, Premier Robert Ghiz and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee will welcome the Royal couple at Charlottetown Airport.

Following a brief stop at Fanningbank, the couple will depart for downtown Charlottetown for an outdoor concert in front of historic Province House. Charles and Camilla will arrive at Province House at 8:30 p.m.

The Royal couple will be treated to a fireworks display over the capital city’s downtown at the end of the concert.

The couple will return to Government House at 9:15 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. the Royal couple will return to Province House where they will watch as Prince Edward Island youth take part in the annual youth parliament.

The youth parliament, made up of student from across Prince Edward Island, will be debating some of the issues facing the province as well as some of the issues that faced the Fathers of Confederation, who met in that very building 150 years ago.

The Speaker of the Prince Edward Island legislature, Carolyn Bertram, will present the Royal couple with a gift before they leave Province House for the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

There will be walkabout both before and after the couple’s visit to Province House, so the public will be able to meet Charles and Camilla.

While at Confederation Centre of the Arts, the board of directors will present Charles with the Symons medal, which is presented as part of the Symons lecture series.

Charles will then deliver the second of four speeches while in Canada.

Following that ceremony, the actor who portrays Anne of Green Gables at the centre will provide Charles and Camilla with a tour of the Confederation Centre.

The couple will then go their separate ways.

Camilla will go to the Prince Edward Home while Charles will go to Holland College where he will visit the sustainable urban development program. He is particularly interested in Holland College’s heritage retrofit program, organizers say.

Charles will then have a meeting with the Canadian Institute of Forestry back at Fanningbank.

At 2 p.m., the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will visit their namesake Prince Edward Island town.

While in Cornwall, the couple will visit Cornwall United Church where the church will be hosting a salute to seniors event.

Charles will then proceed to the new Bonshaw Provincial Park, where he will dedicate a walking trail in his name and meet with Prince Edward Island athletes who will be attending the Commonwealth Games, which will be held July 23 to Aug. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland. 

While Charles is in Bonshaw, Camilla will go to Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown to meet with students and attend a theatrical performance.

The Royal couple leaves Prince Edward Island, via Charlottetown Airport,  4:15 p.m.

The couple’s next stop will be Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“Prince Edward Island is delighted to be included in this historic tour during 2014 as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference,”  Premier Robert Ghiz said earlier this month.

“The Royal Tour is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the history, natural beauty, vibrant culture and people of our province.”