23rd June; 3rd day of TRH’s visit to Canada – Regina & Edmonton

Third day of Royal Visit to Canada started bright and early for The Countess of Wessex. HRH arrived at 9:00 a.m. to the RCMP Heritage Centre for a photo opportunity with mounted RCMP officers. Video of HRH’s arrival can be found here.

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courtesy of Courtney Markewich/CJME News via Twitter feed

Al Nicholson, the centre’s CEO, provided the tour of the Museum for The Countess and Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield, prior to a private breakfast when Tracy Fahlman, chair of the board of directors, presented Sophie with a pendant designed for the RCMP Heritage Centre by Hillberg & Berk.

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courtesy of Courtney Markewich/CJME News via Twitter feed

The pendant features the spur insignia of the Rough Riders — mounted RCMP regiments that train horses and riders. The name Rough Rider and insignia goes back to mounted military units in England like the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. “Their original job was to break horses and then train men how to ride horses,” said Mr Nicholson.

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via RCMP Heritage Centre website, click on pic to be redirected

The pendant’s sterling silver tab features an 18-karat gold spur, reminiscent of the historic Rough Rider badge of the Mounted Police. A green quartz stone commemorates the long-standing link between the original Rough Riders of the North West Mounted Police and the Saskatchewan Roughriders football club. Tracy and The Countess shared a laugh when Sophie imagined her daughter would likely take ownership of the necklace, as Louise enjoys riding and horses.

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courtesy of Louise G (@saskgreen) via Instagram

At the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre, The Countess of Wessex attended a Breakfast and a Meeting of Saskatchewan Women in Leadership. Tracy Fahlman, who sat next to Sophie at breakfast.said “The countess was simply a lovely, inspiring woman to everyone that was around that table. We enjoyed our breakfast, we enjoyed our conversation and we had some great giggles.

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courtesy of RCMP Heritage Centre via Twitter feedDuring the visit The Countess has also given a short speech and signed visitor’s book.

During the meeting of Saskatchewan Women in Leadership, The Countess made a speech in which she thanked the women for their community service and urged them to mentor the younger generation. Bernadette McIntyre, CEO of Wascana Centre Authority, was inspired by Sophie’s address: “I think she met everyone in the room — and she seemed very pleased to be here and to interact with people. She certainly appreciated our weather and great hospitality.”

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via Tania Carnegie – National Executive Director of Community Leadership at KPMG

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been an integral part of Canada’s historical and cultural landscape since 1873, helping to form and protect our great nation, and playing a significant role in creating the Canadian identity. Situated on the doorstep of RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan, where Mounties have trained since 1885, the RCMP Heritage Centre, a not‐for‐profit charitable organization, is appropriately located where the tradition begins. 

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courtesy of RCMP Heritage Centre via Twitter feed

The Centre brings to life the incredible story of the RCMP and its role in the development of Canada using state of the art exhibits, multimedia technologies, and engaging programming and tours. Two retired Musical Ride horses (Turbo & Salute) also participate in parades and ceremonies on the Parade Square.

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courtesy of Courtney Markewich/CJME News via Twitter feed

At the same time, The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, held a Meeting at the Hotel Saskatchewan. Afterwards, as Honorary Deputy Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, HRH visited the RCMP Training Facility, Regina, Canada. RCMP Academy, Depot Division (commonly known as “Depot”) has been providing police training to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) “cadets” since its establishment in 1885.

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courtesy of Tiffany Cassidy – Journalist at CBC Saskatchewan.

Afterwards, TRH’s arrived at 10:30 a.m. at the Government House Portico and they participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award presentation. The Earl of Wessex and The Countess of Wessex Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and Global Ambassador, attended a Gold Award Ceremony for 11 recipients. “The gold awards are only given by a member of the royal family,” Solomon Schofield explained prior to TRH’s visit. Prince Edward also provided remarks to the Duke of Edinburgh Award holders.

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courtesy of Jennifer Graham – Saskatchewan correspondent for The Canadian Press.

Their Royal Highnesses subsequently viewed an exhibition to mark the One Hundred and Twenty Fifth Anniversary of Government House in Regina and were entertained to Luncheon given by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan (the Hon. Vaughn Schofield). During her speech at the luncheon, Lt.-Gov. said she was “amazed, but pleased” to hear about HRH’s Diamond Challenge, to which Sophie interjected saying that the journey is very hilly. “I should have done it here,” she joked to laughs from the crowd.

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courtesy of Jennifer Graham – Saskatchewan correspondent for The Canadian Press.

At noon, elementary students joined Prince Edward and Sophie in viewing a short historical vignette based on LG Forget and directed by Mark Claxton. Government House was built in 1891 and first served as the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories before Saskatchewan became a province. Today, Government House is home to the working office of Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor, The Queen’s representative in the province.

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courtesy of Jennifer Graham – Saskatchewan correspondent for The Canadian Press.

It is also a public museum and a National Historic Site. Government House has also hosted numerous royal visits over the years, including Her Majesty on three separate occasions. In 2016, Government House celebrates its 125 th Anniversary with engaging anniversary exhibits, programs and events. Government House is located at 4607 Dewdney Avenue in Regina.

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courtesy of Jennifer Graham – Saskatchewan correspondent for The Canadian Press.

During the veisit royals learnt about future plans for Government House from trustees of the Government House Foundation and attended a luncheon where the lieutenant-governor presented six Sovereign’s medals to past and current presidents of the Government House Historical Society and the former chair of the Government House foundation.

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courtesy of Jason Quilliam via Twitter feed

To mark Government House’s 125th anniversary, Iris Sirke, president of the Government House Historical Society, presented The Countess with a sparkly crown that can be worn as a pin or pendant. “The Government House is so closely tied to the royals and the monarchy, so we designed a really beautiful silver and crystal encrusted crown,” said Rachel Mielke, founder of Hillberg & Berk.

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via Government House Facebook feed

It is made of shimmering crystal, set in silver-plated brass. The pendant can be worn as a brooch or on a chain. The pendant costs $125 plus tax, and is available at Government House, and all profits go to the Government House Historical Society, which supports the museum.

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courtesy of  Lynne Bell; co-author Queen and Consort, Majesty Magazine & Hello Canada contributor, Canadian Royal Heritage Trustee

At 2:00 p.m. Prince Edward and Sophie undertaken a public walkabout outside of Government House, on Ceremonial Drive. Natascia Lypny, City Hall reporter for the Leader Post, asked Prince Edward about his thoughts on Brexit. He said “lots but none that I’m going to share with you,” laughing.

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courtesy of  Lynne Bell; co-author Queen and Consort, Majesty Magazine & Hello Canada contributor, Canadian Royal Heritage Trustee

Reese Stevenson, 5 1/2, was holding a bouquet of flowers as she waited more than an hour to see TRH’s. “They’re for the princess,” Reese said quietly, referring to Sophie. Natascia Lypny who shared on her Twitter: “Kudos to the little girl who refused to give her flowers to any of the handlers or even Prince Edward. Only Sophie would get them“, was referring to Reese.

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courtesy of Jamie Fischer – Reporter/Anchor CTV Regina.

Later, TRH’s bid goodbye and went separate ways. The Earl of Wessex, as Colonel-in-Chief, Saskatchewan Dragoons, this afternoon held a Meeting at the Hotel Saskatchewan. His Royal Highness later attended a Barbecue given by the Government of Saskatchewan at Sherwood, Regina. Those were private engagements.

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courtesy of Natascia Lypny, City Hall reporter for the Leader Post

The Countess of Wessex travelled to Edmonton in Alberta, where, as Colonel in Chief of The South Alberta Light Horse, HRH attended a Regimental Dinner at Government House. Sophie was received by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (the Hon. Lois Mitchell).

courtesy of Tara Delisle, picture posted with kind permission

Coverage so far can be found here. Gallery of TRH’s visit is here. Lovely video of TRH’s visit to Regina can be found here. For video of TRH’s walkabout click here. Lovely article with insight info is here, another one is here.

Outfit & jewellery:
morning & afternoon
Emilio Pucci Embellished stretch-wool jacket.
Fitted Dress by Victoria Beckham.
Gold Pearl and Large Starfish Earrings by Heavenly Necklaces.
T square Tiffany bracelet.
Jaeger LeCoultre “Reverso Classique” watch.  
Sophie Habsburg clutch from Chenille collection.   
LK Bennett Harley pumps in nude/orangy shade.  
evening 
Dress by Amanda Wakeley, debuted in 2011 to a Royal Wedding in Monaco
SALH regimental brooch

4 thoughts on “23rd June; 3rd day of TRH’s visit to Canada – Regina & Edmonton

  1. Anonymous

    Royal perfection, Sophie looks extremely elegant, love her entire ensemble and Edward looks like he's enjoying the day as well .. Thank you Anna for the Canadian updates …
    Regards, Pamela

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  2. Anonymous

    Fantastic post Anna! Thank you for such in depth coverage. The Countess looks absolutely lovely – her jacket is so elegant with the embellishment.

    Shannon

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