CHARLOTTETOWN – Their Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, will include Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown in their royal visit on May 20.
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Promotional photo of Gracie Finley as Anne Shirley from “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical,” 1984 – a part of “This Anne Place” opening May 17 at the Art Gallery, which will be viewed by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, during their visit to Confederation Centre of the Arts on May 20.
“Confederation Centre is Canada’s National Memorial to the founding of the country, so it is a wonderful honour to host Their Royal Highnesses here in Memorial Hall, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth first unveiled a plaque on the opening of the centre in 1964,” said Wayne Hambly, chairman of the Board of Confederation Centre.
“The 1964 opening of Confederation Centre of the Arts marked the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference,” said CEO Jessie Inman, “and now on our own 50th anniversary, we are proud of our five decades of celebrating the origins and evolution of Canada through heritage programming and the performing and visual arts.”
The public is welcome to be on hand as the Royal couple walk from Province House down the steps into Memorial Hall at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Prince Charles will deliver a brief speech and receive the Symons Medal to honour his longstanding service and extraordinary leadership in many fields affecting Canadians. As well the special guests will unveil a plaque in Memorial Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of Confederation Centre. The plaque is the third carved dedication located in Memorial Hall; at the 25-year anniversary, Jeanne Sauvé, then governor general, unveiled a plaque; and Queen Elizabeth II was on hand in 1964 for the historic opening of Confederation Centre.
As they leave Memorial Hall, the prince and duchess will visit Confederation Centre’s new exhibit, “This Anne Place,” which documents the international popularity of Island author L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel, “Anne of Green Gables,” as well as the musical of the same name, now in its world-record-setting 50th season at Confederation Centre. They may even meet a certain fictional red-haired character.
Their Royal Highnesses will exit Confederation Centre via Victoria Row at about noon, where diners at the popular pedestrian mall will have an opportunity to show their warm Island welcome once again.