They were only here for a few hours but the Earl and Countess of Wessex made an impression with the Manitobans they had an opportunity to speak with.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie arrived on the tarmac in front of the Royal Winnipeg Aviation Museum just after 11:30 Wednesday Morning. They were greeted by the Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon and her Husband, Former Premier Gary Filmon, Premier Brian Pallister and his wife Esther.
The royals toured the museum, had lunch with the Lt.- GOV. and the Premier then moved on to more formal proceedings.
Prince Edward presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s award to 54 Manitobans.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a flexible, non-competitive, voluntary program for young people aged 14 to 24. The program encourages young people to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits, perform community services and participate in physical activities.
“The Manitoba government is honoured Prince Edward could be in Winnipeg today to recognize the achievements of these 54 outstanding young Manitobans,”Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart. “This program helps students develop self-confidence and empathy for others. The value of that experience at a community level cannot be understated.”
Sophie and Premier Pallister meanwhile toured Deer Lodge Centre in honour of their 100th birthday. Deer Lodge was founded at the end of World War 1 to serve returning veterans.