EDMONTON – While in Glasgow, Scotland firming the City of Edmonton’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Mayor Don Iveson and his wife had a chance encounter with a few members of the Royal Family.
On Tuesday, Iveson and his wife, Sarah Chan, found themselves in the same room as Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry.
Chan says the encounter, which took place in a lounge at Hampden Stadium as the couple was about to take in part of the heptathlon, was incredibly casual. She says at first she thought she should stay back, but thought it couldn’t hurt to shake a hand.
“I managed to extend all of the proper salutations,” Chan said, who spoke with Prince William first. “We discussed the games and what he had gone to that day and then he relayed to me the different athletic events that he was going to take in for the latter part of the day.”
Then, Chan quickly found herself speaking with the Duchess of Cambridge.
“We talked about her visit to Canada and her baby – her baby’s teething and he loves to swim,” she said Wednesday, over the phone from Glasgow. “It was just regular chit chat between a couple of ladies.
“It was just like having a conversation with any lovely woman.”
The couple says all three of the Royals were very gracious.
“They meet a lot of people and they do it very graciously,” said Iveson, who had a brief conversation with Prince Harry about Edmonton’s hopes of hosting the 2022 games.
“He was intrigued and seemed tickled with our invitation to come and visit in eight years time, or before, whenever he was willing and able.”
“They were very patient and didn’t rush along and gave everybody an opportunity to have a nice meaningful exchange. They were very, very gracious,” added Chan.
— Sarah Chan (@misssarahchan) July 29, 2014
Iveson and Chan ended up sitting just a couple of rows behind the Royals at the heptathlon event.
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