Royals arrive for Isle of Wight visit

By Ross Findon

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Royals arrive for Isle of Wight visit

The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward visits Brading Roman Villa with chairman of the Oglander Roman Trust Anthony Turnbull, left. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

THE Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived on the Isle of Wight today (Thursday) for a two day visit.

Earlier today Prince Edward paid a visit to Brading Roman Villa, where he is a patron, and was shown an eye-catching collection of Roman items laden with sexual imagery.

Curator Mike Bishop said: "He spent a good bit of time looking around. He was very interested indeed."

In Sandown, the Countess of Wessex visited eco-clothing firm Rapanui, before heading to Gatten and Lake Primary School where pupils sang to her.

Other highlights included a trip to Shanklin Theatre for Prince Edward, where he was presented with a cake to mark his 50th birthday.

The couple are due to be the guests of honour at a Royal Yacht Squadron dinner tonight, and tomorrow they will head to Osborne House to officially open the 'Childhood at Osborne’ exhibition at Swiss Cottage.

For full coverage, please see next Friday’s Isle of Wight County Press, April 4.

Shanklin VYCC

Prince Edward at Shanklin Voluntary Youth and Community Centre.


The Countess of Wessex meets Rob Drake-Knight of Rapanui in Sandown.

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