Nova Scotia

Royal watchers to leave early for P.E.I.

Many Nova Scotians will be up well before the crack of dawn on Monday to make sure they are able to catch a glimpse of the royal couple in Charlottetown.
Gary Biddle, Atlantic Tours vice-president, will be on the road before dawn Monday. (CBC)

Many Nova Scotians will be up well before the crack of dawn on Monday to make sure they are able to catch a glimpse of the royal couple in Charlottetown.

Mary House of Clayton Park is one of more than 50 passengers who will be on board an Atlantic Tours bus leaving Halifax at 4 a.m. Monday, picking up other Nova Scotians along the way.

Mary House, of Halifax, can't wait to see the Royal couple in Charlottetown on Monday. ((CBC))
"As soon as I saw it advertised, I said I've got do this," House said Saturday.

Atlantic Tours vice-president Gary Biddle said that initially the tour was supposed to leave at 5 a.m., but with estimates that 30,000 to 80,000 people will descend on Charlottetown on Monday, they decided to leave earlier.

Biddle said royal watchers will have two chances to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate.

"One will be when they're arriving, which is just after 10 o'clock in the morning," he said.

"And then the biggest opportunity, I feel that they'll have, is when they exit the Great George Street exit of the Confederation Building. That's where they'll probably have the best opportunity with their walkabout."

A glimpse of the couple is all House is hoping for. She's still thinking about what she might say to the couple, if she's lucky enough to meet them.

"Oh, I would just say, 'Such a pleasure,' and 'God love them and have a good time, and can I come to the lobster bake.' That would be about it, I think," she said.

The forecast for P.E.I. is calling for favourable weather for Monday's visit, with a mix of a sun and cloud and a high of 25 C.

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