… and reasons why Meghan and Harry should visit Prince Edward County.
Our island community has maintained a royal connection for more than two centuries (and in terms of Canadian history, that’s a long time!) The United Empire Loyalists settled in this area in the late 1700s, calling their new home “Prince Edward County” after Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent. Three of the townships were named after the princesses: Mary(sburgh), Sophia(sburgh), and Amelia(sburgh).
The County, as it’s fondly known, still displays its British roots. Along the Loyalist Parkway and throughout The County, you’ll see British and UEL flags flying proudly from many homes and businesses (shown above is a barn quilt in the Village of Wellington). The Loyalist Parkway was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth in honour of the settlers that landed there in 1784.
Canada and Prince Edward County were important British allies during WWI. Prince Edward Heights was home to a British Commonwealth Air Training site that was the only Royal Air Force bombing and gunnery school in Canada. The camp was an excellent training installation with several hangars, 2500 foot runways, five bombing ranges and facilities to house close to 1000 officers and airmen. Romantic connections were also made, with over 100 RAF members marrying young women from the area.
Beautiful Prince Edward County has been a destination for royalty over the years. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip picnicked at nearby Main Ducks Island in 1984. When touring the region, the Queen sampled some of our local wines. In 2017, their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited our County which included a tour of the Wellington Farmers’ Market and local wineries.
Despite our affinity for the British royalty, local residents have shown themselves to be respectful of celebrity privacy. Many movie stars and popular musicians have lived peacefully among us, and they have been given the space to live a “normal life.”
We hope that Meghan and Harry, now part-time Canadian residents, will visit to experience our “place apart” for themselves! 😉