The Earl of Wessex, who is currently on a royal tour of Canada along with his wife, stopped in Swift Current on Friday to pay a visit to a new school.
At the joint use École Centennial School and All Saints Catholic School, His Royal Highness planted a pair of Paper Birch trees to mark his visit to Saskatchewan. He was assisted in this ceremonial gesture by four students. Later, Prince Edward got onto stage to address an assembly of 900 students from the schools. He said: “Make the most of this school and everything it has to offer, and good luck in the future, wherever your futures take you. Best of luck.”
After his visit, the Prince also spoke about the trees which he has planted: “I’ve asked them to look after them for me, and make sure that they are well looked after in the future, that they grow into nice, big, strong trees. But I hope the rest of you will also look after them as well, and maybe plant a few others to join them.”
The newly opened École Centennial and All Saints Catholic School is the first new school in Swift Current in over 45 years. The project to combine the two schools’ facilities ensures that the use of rooms is maximised and the learning needs of the students in the community are supported. The Prince’s visit comes only a few short weeks since the joint use school’s opening.
Despite staying in Swift Current for only three hours, the Earl of Wessex also made the time to meet with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Earl is the Honorary Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP, the Canadian national police service.
The Queen’s youngest son also visited the Art Gallery in Swift Current, where Premier Brad Wall hosted a lunch for the Prince, which was attended by a number of volunteers and members of the community. Premier Wall spoke about the royal visit, which came at the same time as Swift Current’s centennial celebrations, saying: “For this to be able to coincide with that celebration was great. We were able to have a luncheon and a time where the Prince could meet some of the people who just volunteer and pour their hearts out for the community.”