Regina preparing for royal visit Wednesday
Regina is getting ready to roll out the Royal red carpet as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall touch down for a visit in the Queen City Wednesday.
This is Prince Charles second visit to Saskatchewan, his first was in 2001.
It was a memorable visit for him. A strike at the Hotel Saskatchewan meant a last minute change of hotel.
People in Assiniboia remember last royal visit
The visit holds many memories for people outside Regina as well.
The future king flew out to Assiniboia to turn the sod on what is now known as the town's Prince of Wales complex.
Prince Charles spke with Brent Blackwell, chairman of the curling club in Assiniboia.
Blackwell remembers chatting with royalty about the size of the curling rink and what position he plays in curling.
Given all of his royal duties you would think Prince Charles would have had experience turning sod, but back in 2001 apparently not.
Bill Batty, who was on the building committee for the complex remembers having to loosen the soil ahead of time.
Like all good wives, Mrs. Batty made sure her husband was photo ready for his brush with royalty.
"It was quite a windy day and the wife had me dressed up with my best suit and she said well your hair is going to be awfully messy," he laughed at the memory.
"She sprayed my hair to hold it in place like ladies do, but all it did was stood straight up on end and I couldn't get it to come down so my pictures taken with him have my hair standing up straight."
Regina's Sean Frisky preparing for royal tour at Ground Effects Environmental Services
Just one Saskatchewan company has been singled out for a special visit with the royal couple.
To honour his environmental interests, Prince Charles will tour Ground Effects Environmental Services, a company that creates the technology to clean-up contaminants from soil, air and water.
President of Ground Effects, Sean Frisky still can't believe they'll be welcoming royalty. It was all a big surprise because they had made no request for the couple to visit them. He will be demonstrating one of the company's newest technologies for waste water treatment.
Frisky admits, the nerves are building ahead of the events. He has already got a taste for what the visit will be like after meeting officials from Buckingham Palace ahead of time.
"As the day approaches, I don't typically get too nervous in things like this but yeah it's probably more than other people or events I've been too," he commented.
"Meeting him is sort of like meeting a rock star."
Prince Charles and Camilla will be at the Saskatchewan Legislature, First Nations University and Government House on Wednesday. Those are three stops members of the public can catch a glimpse of them.
News Talk Radio will have special coverage of the royal visit Wednesday.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Adriana Christianson