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Public will have opportunities to see visiting Royals next week

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will arrive in Bermuda next Wednesday for a two-day visit to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Government has released the itinerary for the Royal couple, who will travel here on a British Airways flight from London, be met at LF Wade International Airport by the Premier and the Governor and will have a private dinner that evening at Government House.

On Thursday, March 17, Prince Edward, a trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation and chairman of the International Council, will visit The Centre on Angle Street, Hamilton, with his wife.

He will present Gold Awards to young people and meet current and past officials of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Bermuda.

The couple will arrive at The Centre at 9.30 a.m. and the public will have an opportunity to watch from Dellwood Middle School.

They will then travel to Ferry Reach for a tour of the Co-Ed Facility, an approved Duke of Edinburgh Award centre, to meet young male offenders participating in the programme.

The Earl's next stop will be Somersfield Academy, for a meeting with the Bermuda Duke of Edinburgh Award Council and programme participants.

In the meantime, the Countess will tour Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy and meet students and staff.

Both will then travel to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton to watch a demonstration of Optimist and 420 sailing and meet club officials and young sailors.

Premier Paula Cox and her husband will host a reception at Camden for the couple, before they visit the Berkeley Institute at 2.35pm, when the public will again get a chance to see them.

Students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme will meet the Earl and Countess and will be joined by Warwick Academy pupils in theatre performances.

The couple will unveil a commemorative plaque in honour of the first-ever royal visit to the school.

They will return to Government House to plant two trees on the property before hosting a black-tie fundraising dinner for the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Bermuda that evening.

Early the next morning, the Earl and Countess will depart Bermuda to head to the Caribbean.

This will be the third visit to the Island for the Earl of Wessex and the first visit for the Countess.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be visiting Bermuda next week for a two-day engagement.

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Published March 11, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am)

Public will have opportunities to see visiting Royals next week

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