June 5, 2006
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex
Edmonton—“The Royal family has played an integral role throughout the history of this province and through involvement with various sponsorship programs and charitable organizations has made a sizable contribution to our communities,” said the Hon. Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, in reference to the private Provincial Luncheon that he will host in honour of the Earl and Countess of Wessex on June 6 at Government House. The Earl of Wessex is the third son of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. “It is wonderful to welcome their Royal Highnesses to Alberta during our 100 Years of Democracy celebrations,” added Speaker Kowalski.
Their Royal Highnesses will attend the luncheon as part of a nine-day working visit to Canada that began in Saskatchewan on June1 and includes stops in Alberta and British Columbia. During their stay, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will participate in approximately 40 events on behalf of 26 host organizations in 11 cities. The lead host of the visit is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to which the Earl of Wessex is International Chairman. Acting in this capacity he will present over 300 Gold Awards of Achievement to young Canadians at ceremonies in Regina, Calgary and Vancouver.
While in Edmonton, their Royal Highnesses will also attend a reception on behalf of the Canadian North/Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Partnership and participate in a Land Forces Western Area (LFWA) reception for soldiers who have served or are serving overseas and their families at CFB Edmonton.