Prince to visit Wantage on his 50th birthday tour

Oxford Mail: Prince Edward Prince Edward

PRINCE Edward will visit Wantage on Friday to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Accompanied by his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit towns throughout the historical Saxon Kingdom of Wessex during the Earl’s Best of Wessex birthday tour.

They will begin their visit to Wantage by opening King Alfred’s Academy’s new Loyd building – a £720,000 art and design block with a new assembly hall.

The royal party will then visit the Market Place to view the statue of King Alfred and meet the public for two hours from 3.30pm.

The area will be closed to traffic for two hours as it is for the annual Dickensian evening in December.

Wantage Mayor Fiona Roper said: “Everyone is really looking forward to seeing the royal couple. Wantage Silver Band will be playing in the Market Place and we will be flying flags and putting up bunting to celebrate the visit.

“I hope we have a good turnout so we can give them a real Wantage welcome.”

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5:58pm Mon 21 Apr 14

gel says...

I bet the public will be queuing up for this..NOT!

One of the biggest wastes of space in the Monarchy, and has the nerve to wear a chest load of medals at public events, despite failing Marines course.
I bet the public will be queuing up for this..NOT! One of the biggest wastes of space in the Monarchy, and has the nerve to wear a chest load of medals at public events, despite failing Marines course. gel
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8:27am Thu 24 Apr 14

saddletramp says...

Obviously an anti royalist,im sure their will be a big turnout for the Wessex's.
As for the "chest full of medals"comment,you never ever see Prince Edward in a uniform,never mind one full of medals.
Are you sure you are not confusing him with his brother?who not only wears his uniform with pride,but fought in the Falklands conflict.
Obviously an anti royalist,im sure their will be a big turnout for the Wessex's. As for the "chest full of medals"comment,you never ever see Prince Edward in a uniform,never mind one full of medals. Are you sure you are not confusing him with his brother?who not only wears his uniform with pride,but fought in the Falklands conflict. saddletramp
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12:51pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Abingdon born and bred says...

Edward, 50, has nine honorary military titles having dropped out of the Royal Marines in 1987
Edward, 50, has nine honorary military titles having dropped out of the Royal Marines in 1987 Abingdon born and bred
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