First aired on Island Morning (29/6/11)
William and Kate are in Canada, traveling coast to coast to learn about one of the Commonwealth countries they will someday rule. One of their stops during their busy tour is Prince Edward Island, and if Islanders have anything to do about it, the Duchess of Cambridge will not leave Prince Edward Island empty-handed. The heirs of Lucy Maud Montgomery are planning a special literary gift for the duke and duchess.
There have been unconfirmed media reports that Kate Middleton read Montomgery's beloved Anne of Green Gables growing up, and that the trip to the island was something of a "sentimental journey." There are no official Anne stops on the final royal itinerary. But the royal couple will be at Dalvay, on P.E.I.'s North Shore -- along with several descendants of the author of Anne. These descendants are keen to give the duchess a present, one that celebrates her childhood love of the feisty redhead and honours their literary history: a special edition of Anne of Green Gables released by Penguin Canada in 2008
"As soon as I learned why they were coming to Prince Edward Island, I started to write letters to whoever I thought might be able to pull a few strings for me," Kate MacDonald Butler, Montgomery's granddaughter, revealed to Island Morning host Matt Rainnie. "I was delighted to learn that she was coming because of her love for Anne of Green Gables
Kate has yet to confirm this childhood love, but has not denied it either. Royal watchers will have to tune in to their P.EI. visit to find out. In the mean time, Butler is eagerly anticipating a few moments with the royal couple. "I hope to have the opportunity to have a little chat and present her with this book."
We wish Butler the best of luck in her quest, and have to ask: if you would give any book to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, what would it be?