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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by Mark Jones

28th March 2014, at 15:31:14

I know what you're getting at Ted, but at the same time that we can't vote them in, they can't opt to leave (neither have they any say in what family they're born into). I know many pensioners work, but how many do you know that have to be on their best behaviour every single day of the year, meeting people, hosting world leaders and so on? OK they might not get their hands dirty, but that doesn't mean they don't work hard. And Alan, I don't think they are that different, they just live in bigger houses and have more bling :-)

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by alan harrison

28th March 2014, at 13:59:52

I find the first two paragraphs of the article a bit odd......."Roman items laden with sexual imagery".......".Prince Edward was very interested indeed".
Maybe it,s just an attempt to show the royals aren,t so different to the rest us after all................................................

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by yvonne southerton

28th March 2014, at 11:42:17

oh wait oh yes and yet another shop without wheelchair access on the island

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28th March 2014, at 10:51:01

....and we have no say in their election. Oh wait, that would be democracy ?

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

28th March 2014, at 08:53:39

........... oh you cant say that, they do a lot of good, they attract a lot of money, they work so hard...........(irony)

Ted i agree with you.

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27th March 2014, at 18:57:31


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by Mark Jones

27th March 2014, at 16:38:14

Me too Steve, I wonder if there is any at Swiss Cottage?

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