The Earl and Countess of Wessex made a stop in Kelowna on Tuesday, as they continue their Royal tour of Canada.
Their Royal Highnesses visited the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where they carried out separate engagements. The Countess presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award to 22 hardworking youngsters in a ceremony at Mission Hill Winery. Sophie praised the recipients for their work, which included learning a new skill and voluntary community service, and for their dedication to the Award, which takes nearly two years to complete.
While his wife handed out the Awards, the Earl of Wessex was at Cedar Creek Winery, where he was greeted by Minister Steven Thomson, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon and the von Mandl family, before meeting with fire fighters and other emergency response teams. While Prince Edward did not give a speech, he spent a lot of time shaking hands and personally interacting with the fire fighters. The guests were later treated to a live helicopter Rap Attack demonstration from an Initial Attack Crew.
The Royal couple ended their visit to British Columbia by attending a dinner at the Mission Hill Family estate in honour of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charter for Business. They will now continue their Canadian visit in different provinces, with the Earl of Wessex set to visit Saskatchewan, and the Countess due to go to Northern Ontario.
Photo credit: Courtesy of The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia