WINNIPEG – They weren’t in Winnipeg long, but Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex left some memories behind.
The rain stopped just as their plane landed at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
The pair toured the Aviation Museum before lunching with the Lieutenant Governor and Premier.
Prince Edward then handed out Duke of Edinburgh awards to 54 young Manitobans, including Courtney Masson.
“He’s very nice and loved to chat to all of us… He asked questions about what we did for her award. He’s very nice and funny,” she said.
The Duke of Edinburgh program was created by the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, to encourage young people to become well-rounded citizens and make a difference for themselves and their community.
The Countess visited Deer Lodge Centre, which is celebrating 100 years of serving veterans.
Outside, Erin Murray brought her two young children to see the Countess, armed with Canada flags and a sign welcoming her.
Inside, the Countess made her way down a line of residents, accepting a blanket and some flowers, even a kiss, as she went.
She asked many of the veterans where they served, including Edgar Clairmont, a WWII veteran who served in Italy, France and Germany. He’s been living at Deer Lodge Centre for three-and-a-half years.
He says the Countess shook his hand and said hello.
“I tried to behave, say the right thing,” he joked
91-year-old Deer Lodge resident Lenore Parker was pleased to shake the Countess’s hand.
“I welcomed her to Manitoba and she said that she was very happy to be here,” she said.
This is Sophie’s first time in Winnipeg. The Prince has been here before. She made some remarks to those who crammed into the lobby of the centre to catch a glimpse of her.
“It’s an enormous honour and privilege to come here and to meet so many of the residents, so many of whom have given an awful lot of themselves and to the country,” she said.