WELLINGTON – Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted with thunderous applause as they strolled into Wellington with big smiles — taking the time to shake hands in the massive crowd before winding through the Farmers’ Market.
“The Wellington Farmers’ Market is normally only open on Saturdays but this is a special edition specifically for the Royal visit. There are more than 50 vendors here, each of them prepared a special dish or item to for the Prince and Duchess in hopes to attract them to their booth.”
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall stopped by nearly every booth and took the time to learn about different the products and the artisans who create them… When he tried a scone from ‘3 Angry Cats’ he was impressed — and so were the owners.
Gary Ride/3 Angry Cats:
“He tried the scone and then he asked me what was in it and I couldn’t answer. I forgot. I couldn’t believe he actually tried something and then when he did I didn’t know what to do I just mumbled something. I don’t know what I told him.”
Carol Ridge/3 Angry Cats:
“He picked up and commented on the other products too. So it really feel like he hones in and pays attention when he’s with a person so that’s appreciated too.”
Young artisans got to showcase their work as well like these girls who help make custom jewellery from beach glass found at local beaches.
Indie Liebau-Davis/P.E.C Beach Glass:
“She was very interested. We talked about where we found the beach glass and we had bouquets and we gave them to her.”
Avalie Liebau-Davis/P.E.C Beach Glass:
“It was very exciting. I haven’t seen royalty before.”
Sam Hirst/Young Imaginations:
“We have a little guy here who gave him a pin. A diversity pin and that’s to show how all cultures in Canada can come together to achieve something great and he took the pin so we were all very excited to have him stop at our booth.”
Wellington is just one of the stops on the Royal Tour — The goal is to connect with Canadians who make a difference in their communities — and these local artisans couldn’t be happier to be a part of the county’s exciting brush with royalty.