OKANAGAN — The Okanagan is rolling out the red carpet for a royal visit. Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, are paying a visit to West Kelowna and Kelowna.
Prince Edward, third son and fourth youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II, and his wife, Countess Sophie Rhys-Jones, are starting their Okanagan visit September 16 with a visit to Mission Hill Winery. There, they will present the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is for youth 16-24,” says Sushil Saini with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s office. “It’s not something you can do quickly and easily. It’s something that takes commitment and planning.”
At the 3 p.m. ceremony, 21 youths from the Okanagan and Alberta will receive their awards.
The Earl will then visit Regional Forest Fire First Responders at CedarCreek Winery, before wrapping up the royal tour back at Mission Hill for a dinner in honour of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charter for Business.