Royally busy day ahead in Okanagan

September 27, 2016 10:47 A.M.
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By CASTANET STAFF

KELOWNA — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a tightly packed schedule during their whirlwind tour of the Central Okanagan Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Their royal highnesses are expected to arrive at Kelowna airport at 12:20 p.m., greeted by Premier Christy Clark, MP Stephen Fuhr, MLA Norm Letnick, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis.

William and Kate will be escorted by vehicle to UBC Okanagan, for a 12:30 p.m. arrival.

There, they will be greeted by UBC chancellor Lindsay Gordon, UBC president Santa J. Ono, UBCO deputy vice-chancellor Deborah Buszard and Grand Chief Stewart Philip.

The royal couple will be escorted to the main courtyard, where celebrations marking the end of UBCO’s 10th anniversary will be underway. They will then participate in a commemorative plaque unveiling ceremony.

Following that, they head to the gymnasium, where they'll greet student athletes and the UBC Okanagan Heat mascot, Scorch, at 1:05 p.m. They'll watch a short volleyball demonstration before heading onto the court, meeting the players and receiving volleyball jerseys.

The royals depart for Mission Hill winery at 1:40 p.m.

They are scheduled to arrive there at 2:10 p.m., greeted by the Premier, Letnick and his wife Helene, Mission Hill's Anthony von Mandl, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Westbank First Nation Chief Roxanne Lindley.

The royals will proceed into the vineyard, where they will participate in a grape-picking demonstration.

In the courtyard, they will greet some of B.C.'s top chefs, showcasing the variety of B.C.'s agricultural products.

William and Kate will be give an opportunity to sample the chef stations of Ned Bell, Vikram Vij, Rob Feenie, Hidekazu Tojo, David Hawksworth and Okanagan chef Bernard Casavant.

They'll also visit the wine cellar, where they will be invited to draw wine from a barrel.

At 3:05, they head back to the airport for scheduled departure at 3:37 p.m. on board a Canadian Forces CC-150 Polaris, bound for Whitehorse.  

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