Onlookers Get Royal Treatment from Andrew and Sarah
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Prince Andrew and his wife, the former Sarah Ferguson, celebrate their first wedding anniversary today, and the prince said they were ″in a party mood.″
″I hope it’ll continue for the next few days,″ Andrew said, after the royal couple’s official welcome to Alberta on Wednesday night.
Flowers from a 10-year-old and two jackets from the government marked the beginning of the Duke and Duchess of York’s visit to the Canadian province.
Lise Lukasik said she had picked flowers from her mother’s garden to give to the duchess, nicknamed Fergie, but Andrew told her he’d love to have them.
″But I said no, because I wanted to give them to Sarah,″ Lise, 10, reported later as the royal couple strolled past about 5,000 delighted onlookers.
″I put my phone number in the flowers because if she ever phoned I’d get to talk to her,″ the youngster said. ″I think Fergie’s the best princess that ever lived. She treats us like we’re the royalty.″
Lise also chatted with Alberta Premier Don Getty, who escorted the royal couple across the soggy grass behind the Alberta legislature.
The walkabout marked the start of the three-day Alberta leg of the couple’s three-week Canadian tour - a visit which includes a stop at a rodeo in Medicine Hat and a tour of the United Nations’ World Heritage Site at Head- Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod.
The duke and duchess flew to Edmonton from Winnipeg on Wednesday and made an immediate hit in the Alberta capital.
Getty presented surprise anniversary gifts - a fox jacket for Sarah and a leather and beaver jacket for Andrew. Sarah, who readily mugged for cameras through the hour-long ceremony, tried hers on. Andrew held his up and gave it an admiring look.