Local youth ‘beyond excited’ to lunch with Will and Kate

Brittney Brown has picked out a dress and ordered a bouquet of flowers to offer the Duchess of Cambridge, but she’s still unsure of what to say to Prince William and his wife, Kate, on Friday.

Dawn Flanagan

Dawn Flanagan

Brittney Brown has picked out a dress and ordered a bouquet of flowers to offer the Duchess of Cambridge, but she’s still unsure of what to say to Prince William and his wife, Kate, on Friday.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to speak,” she said on Wednesday. “I’ll be in so much shock.”

The Elnora teenager is one of the five individuals involved with the Youth and Volunteer Centre in Red Deer to be invited to a royal reception the Government of Alberta is hosting at the Calgary Zoo.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m getting,” the 16-year-old said.

Brown will be joined by Dawn Flanagan, program director of the Youth and Volunteer Centre, Sue Barthel, a long-standing adult volunteer, and two other teenage girls who have utilized some of services the centre offers.

Brown, a youth staff member, has participated in the Elnora Boys and Girls Club since it started.

One of the other teenagers is currently involved with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program while the other formally used the Youth Shelter to turn her life around.

The three girls were selected by the centre’s volunteers because they are the most likely to benefit from and appreciate the royal encounter, Flanagan said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our youth. I mean, they are beyond excited,” she said.

“It’s just a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Friday’s reception was planned so the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can meet some of the young people that benefited from their extravagant nuptials in April.

The prince and his bride requested that charitable donations be made in their name in lieu of wedding gifts.

The Government of Alberta made a $25,000 donation that was divided between all of the provincial youth shelters.

The Youth and Volunteer Centre received $2,000.

The five Central Alberta females are eagerly anticipating the chance to meet the newlyweds who are on their first international tour.

Barthel has even been practising the proper way to curtsy and address the royal couple according to the guidelines printed on her invitation.

She plans on framing the elegantly understated crisp piece of stationary.

Brown plans on keeping hers as well.

“It’s something I can show my kids when I’m older,” she said.

Approximately 250 guests are expected to be at Friday’s reception at the ENMAX Conservatory.

All of the young people will likely have at least a brief opportunity to talk to either Prince William or Kate, said Tom Neufeld, a government spokesperson for the Alberta portion of the royal tour.

“It will give these youth the opportunity to share their stories of the challenges that they’ve faced and the success they’ve had,” he said. “They can share those with the royal highnesses.”

The Royal couple is expected to arrive around 11:30 a.m. and will stay for about an hour.

Culinary arts students from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology will prepare desserts for the reception, which Premier Ed Stelmach will also attend.

ptrotter@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

With a ban on sit-in dining once again in place, Las Palmeras owner Andre Lemus is gearing up for more takeout and delivery business. He has also applied to set up and outdoor patio, where dining is allowed under new restrictions. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
Big interest in outdoor patios in Red Deer as sit-down dining banned again

City of Red Deer has tweaked its patio regulations to make it easier to get a permit

Artist Delree Dumont has painted an Indigenous mural at St. Joseph High School. (Contributed photo)
Indigenous mural painted on Red Deer high school walls

A new Indigenous mural now sits on the walls of St. Joseph… Continue reading

Jessica Swainson learned about improvisation and filmmaking at The Hub on Ross before its closure. She’s pictured here with her former Hub instructor Jason Steele. (Contributed photo).
Red Deer city, arts council are working to close ‘gaps’ left by The Hub’s closure

Could some popular Hub programs be resurrected at Northside Community Centre?

A vial of the Medicago vaccine sits on a surface. CARe Clinic, located in Red Deer, has been selected to participate in the third phase of vaccine study. (Photo courtesy www.medicago.com)
Red Deer clinical research centre participating in plant-based COVID-19 vaccine trial

A Red Deer research centre has been selected to participate in the… Continue reading

The Rogers logo is photographed in Toronto on Monday, September 30, 2019.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Experts warn of economic implications from Rogers wireless outage

A massive wireless outage that has left customers of Rogers Communications Inc.… Continue reading

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivers the federal budget in the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on in Ottawa on Monday April 19, 2021. The federal government unveiled spending plans to manage the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis and chart an economic course for a post-pandemic Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Federal Budget 2021: Liberals bank on child care, business aid to prod growth

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are betting that billions more in debt… Continue reading

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. The University of Victoria says Williams has resigned effective immediately. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
University of Victoria women’s rowing coach resigns by mutual agreement

VICTORIA — The University of Victoria says the head coach of its… Continue reading

Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley announces proposed new legislation to protect Alberta’s mountains and watershed from coal mining at a news conference in Calgary on Monday, March 15, 2021. A group of 35 scientists from the University of Alberta are urging the provincial government to rethink its plans for expanding coal-mining in the Rocky Mountains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta scientists urge adoption of bill that would protect against coal mining

EDMONTON — Some 35 scientists from the University of Alberta are urging… Continue reading

A driver shows identification to an Ottawa police officer as a checkpoint as vehicles enter the province from Quebec Monday April 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Quebec and Ontario impose travel restrictions to slow surging virus variants

Ontario and Quebec imposed new interprovincial travel restrictions on Monday amid growing… Continue reading

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange was in Red Deer on Friday to provide an update on the province's COVID-19 response in schools.
Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
LaGrange: Feedback needed to refine curriculum

As the Minister of Education my role has been guided by a… Continue reading

In this Feb. 24, 2020, photo, the Olympics rings are reflected on the window of a hotel restaurant as a server with a mask sets up a table, in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated. This of course is spilling over to concerns about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that open in just over three months.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?

TOKYO — The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with… Continue reading

PSG's Kylian Mbappe, right, greets Bayern's Lucas Hernandez at the end of the Champions League, second leg, quarterfinal soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
PSG, Bayern the big names missing from Super League plan

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — The plan for the new Super League soccer competition… Continue reading

Most Read