Royals show Olympic spirit during visit to Vancouver

posted Nov 7, 2009, 11:48 PM by Main Admin   [ updated Nov 7, 2009, 11:53 PM by Ed B ]
(from Vancouver Sun newspaper report)
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall touched down at the Vancouver International Airport in a military jet promptly at 11:15 a.m.  on November 7, 2009, arriving at the south terminal for their whirlwind tour of the city, which will include a visit to the Olympic athletes' village and an official reception.
The rain has stopped a bit as Premier Campbell and other government officials line up to greet them. One delegate quips "now off to shake some hands," seemingly oblivious to the swine flu pandemic... Charles seems to be keeping to handshakes instead of the less customary fist bump.
Four Canadian athletes greeted the Royal Couple during their tour of the 2010 athletes' village.The public didn't have much time with the couple but managed to shake many of the die-hard fan’s hands. Camilla even pet some dogs and received flowers from a small girl.
was announced that the Prince's Foundation for Built Environment, an educational charity with a goal of promoting ecological urban planning, will join SFU to develop a new advanced education curriculum in sustainable urbanism.
Charles told the audience at SFU one of the biggest challenges is changing the way we design our roads and transportation system, such as building more narrow roads, and putting the pedestrian at the heart of the design process.
Charles spoke to the seminar that included students, professors, and urban planners: