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Prince Edward to visit Island namesake

The Queen's youngest son will visit P.E.I. as part of his Canadian tour this fall.

Prince Edward was last on the Island in 2007

Prince Edward received an honorary degree from UPEI during his 2007 visit. (CBC)

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex will visit P.E.I. as part of his Canadian tour this fall.

The prince will be in Charlottetown Nov. 2 and 3. The stop is considered an unofficial working visit.

Prince Edward is coming at the invitation of the Prince Edward Island Regiment and will take part in a 140th anniversary event organized by the regiment on Nov. 2.

Prince Edward takes a tour with members of the P.E.I. regiment during his 2007 visit to the Island. (CBC)

"The soldiers of the Prince Edward Island Regiment are honoured and excited to have the opportunity to meet with our colonel-in-chief," said Lt.-Col. Steve Wynne in a news release.

The prince will attend a Special Olympics event being held at UPEI the following day.

Prince Edward at a ceremony with the Prince Edward Regiment. (CBC)

"I have a great fondness for Prince Edward," said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, who was president of UPEI when the prince received his degree.

"He is a really good visitor. He is a easy person to deal with, good humoured and very curious in the way he interacts with people."

This is Edward's fifth visit to the province. His last was in 2007, when he received an honorary degree from UPEI. Prince Edward Island is named for Prince Edward's great-great-great-great-grandfather, the father of Queen Victoria.

The Island's last royal visitors were Prince Charles and Camilla, in May of 2014.

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