The Isle of Wight will be receiving a Royal visit on Wednesday 17th September as The Duke of Kent will be calling in to present two Queen’s awards as well as visiting the County Press.
The Queen’s cousin will be beginning his whistle-stop tour in Calbourne to present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade to Inflight Peripherals after the company was awarded the prize back in April. Inflight Peripherals is an award winning international design and manufacturing company that specialises in tailored engineering solutions for the Global Passenger Entertainment Industry.
From Calbourne, The Duke of Kent will move on to Newport where he will present the second Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the IW Society for the Blind at its base in Carisbrooke Road. The dedication of the society’s volunteers will be recognised when they receive this award. They undertake a series of activities that benefit the blind and visually impaired people of the Island.
It appears that while the Duke is in Newport he will have a bit of leisurely time too. After presenting the Voluntary Service Award, His Royal Highness will visit Carisbrooke Castle where he will tour the historic site along with representatives of English Heritage. The Duke will also see the Princess Beatrice garden as well as visiting the Castle museum.
The final stop for the Duke will be at the IW County Press in Newport where he will meet representatives of the founding Brannon and Bradbeer families. The Duke will also meet the team of staff who are responsible for compiling the newspaper each week. IW County Press is a local, compact newspaper published every Friday on the Isle of Wight and was founded in 1884. The newspaper has been owned locally since its foundation and has a readership of nearly 90% of the Island’s adult population.
The Duke of Kent is a Grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary making him Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin. The Duke annually carries out a number of engagements on behalf of Her Majesty and he has many honorary military appointments including Colonel of the Scots Guards, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Colonel of 1st Battalion The Rifles. The Duke of Kent is also famed for being the President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.