Media Advisory - Lieutenant Governor Announces Working Royal Visit by The Earl of Wessex



    TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award are pleased to announce
that His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex will undertake a
four day Working Visit to Ontario June 5 - 9, 2008.
    His Honour, The Lieutenant Governor will host a luncheon to welcome His
Royal Highness to Ontario on Thursday June 5 and will accompany him to various
events.
    Although, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the lead host of the Visit,
His Royal Highness will participate in a number of events on behalf of various
charitable organizations in Toronto, Kingston, Aylmer, St. Thomas, and
Niagara-on-the-Lake.
    In his capacity as International Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's
Award, His Royal Highness will present over 100 Gold Awards of Achievement to
Young Canadians at Ceremonies in Toronto and Aylmer, Ontario.
    The Earl of Wessex is the third son, and youngest child of The Queen and
The Duke of Edinburgh. He was known as Prince Edward until his marriage to
Miss Sophie Rys-Jones in 1999, when They were created The Earl & Countess of
Wessex. Their Royal Highnesses undertake engagements in support of the Queen,
and on behalf of the over 100 international organizations with which They are
associated.
    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting personal challenge for young
Canadians aged 14 to 25. It is a balanced, non-competitive programme of
voluntary activities which encourages: Personal Discovery and Growth;
Self-Reliance; Perseverance; Personal Discovery, and Service to the Community.
Since it began in 1956, The Award had developed into one of the world's most
prestigious youth programmes. More than 120 countries now offer The Duke of
Edinburgh's Award, and almost 6 million young people have taken part. In
Canada, The Award has been operating since 1963 under the leadership of The
Governor General and thousands of highly motivated volunteers. The Award is
amongst the highest accolades a young Canadian can receive, and some 30,000
participate each year.
    The Honourable David C. Onley and Her Honour, Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley first
met His Royal Highness in Ottawa in October 2007 when His Honour participated
in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Ceremony at the National War Museum.





For further information:

For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7780; Rick Ashbee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, (416)
203-0674

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