City Keeps Invitation to Royals ‘Open’
Prince George, B.C.- News the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will not be making a stop in Prince George during their B.C. visit next month is understandable says Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall.It was announced this morning that the Royals will visit Vancouver, Victoria , Kelowna, Bella Bella and Haida Gwaii before making two stops in the Yukon when they come to Canada next month.
“We knew how busy they were going to be and yes, we would have loved to have them here” says Mayor Hall ” but we understand too that their time is limited and they wanted to see a few locations in B.C. and this time ’round we aren’t one of them.”
The silver lining is that Prince George won’t have to pick up any of the costs associated with the Royal visit “I guess that’s true, but I don’t think the costs is as great as people have imagined, particularly given that they were going to be here anyway in Canada, but because they aren’t coming there won’t be a cost out there.”
Mayor Hall says the City has an open invitation to the Royals, ” We’re going to follow up on an invitation letter to see if they would like to come next year, or the year after, whenever their time table permits. Next year is our (Canada’s) 150th birthday so, who knows, they may have a Royal visit planned for 2017 and we could potentially tie into that. So we have an open invitation to them. I think there is some real history here. His (Prince William’s) grandparents were here and Charles and Diana were here, so I think there is a real tie, and hopefully that carries some weight when they consider future trips.”
Mayor Hall says the City has been in contact with those organizing this Royal visit and visiting Prince George is just out of the question ” I know its just a one hour plane ride from Kelowna, but it’s just out of the question this trip.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince George ad Princess Charlotte will be on tour in B.C. and the Yukon September 24th through to October 1st.