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.
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When the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Province House Monday evening for celebrations marking Victoria Day and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference the “royal we” will become three.
The royal couple will be joined on this most auspicious occasion by none other than Queen Elizabeth II.
Veteran actor Wade Lynch, former associate artistic director of the Charlottetown Festival, is returning to Charlottetown for this occasion to reprise the royal role that has endeared him to audiences for years.
Lynch will be part of the multicultural, theatrical, musical entertainment line-up that will entertain Islanders and their very special guests.
Singer-songwriters Catherine MacLellan and Tim Chaisson, Paper Lions, The Meds and comedian Patrick Ledwell will also be featured during those celebrations.
Speaking from his home in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Lynch said he was completely shocked when he was asked to appear as the queen.
“Even though the humour is gentle when I appear as the queen some people believe you are not supposed to mock the royals,” Lynch said.
He said there is a protocol to be followed for Monday night’s appearance and he will be following that protocol.
“When I’m in character I will address them gently, but commonly, as if I was their mother.”
Lynch was required to submit his script for approval and has done so.
“It has not been returned to me with any requested changes.”
He said there were some people involved with preparations for the royal visit who initially wondered if it was going to be okay but everything seems to be a go now.
“I understand Prince Charles has a great sense of humour.”
Lynch said he’s very much looking forward to doing this.
“I’m actually a monarchist. I have a great regard for the monarchy, so this is thrilling for me. I just wish I had access to her wardrobe. I don’t, but Nancy Hooper is doing a fine job creating some things ready for me.”
Premier Robert Ghiz is inviting all Islanders to come out for Monday’s celebrations.
“All eyes will be on Prince Edward Island as their royal highnesses arrive in Charlottetown,” said Ghiz. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Islanders to come together, enjoy an evening of Island talent and welcome our special guests during this celebratory year.”
Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds at Province House.
There will be face painting, balloon twisting and other family activities.
The public can enjoy hot dogs and ice cream and even meet the Fathers of Confederation.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., their royal highnesses will arrive to take in some great Island entertainment.
As the night draws to a close, Islanders will enjoy fireworks over the Charlottetown Harbour with the Royal Couple at 9 p.m.