Algarve Royal visit

By ELOÏSE WALTON eloise.walton@algarveresident.com

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, will be in the Algarve from today (Friday) until Sunday to watch the Duke of Edinburgh Cup charitable golf tournament, which will be hosted by the Oceânico Victoria golf club, Vilamoura.

A spokesman from the Grupo André Jordan told the Algarve Resident: “The prince has been invited by the Grupo André Jordan to the Duke of Edinburgh Cup golfing competition in Vilamoura. The group will be paying the expenses of his stay.”

The spokesman added that this is not the first time that the Prince has been in Portugal for this event. The Duke of Edinburgh Cup is a charity with royal patronage that organises an annual international series of golf events to raise funds that help young people world wide by providing and giving support in health, education and welfare.

According to Buckingham Palace, today (Friday), Prince Edward will be at the Victoria Club de Golf in Vilamoura before dining at the newly inaugurated hotel Tivoli Victoria.

As well as duties in support of The Queen, the Prince, who is 45, is a trustee of the International Foundation for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the programme for young people set up by his father in the 1950s.

He also works on behalf of a number of charities and organisations, particularly those connected with the arts, sport and young people.

Rebecca Hurt, from the International Foundation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, told the Algarve Resident: “During his visit, Prince Edward will be accepting a donation of an apartment at The Residences in Vilamoura to the foundation.” She added: “The apartment will be managed by The Residences and the International Foundation will receive the income from its rental.”

Tomorrow, Prince Edward is due to visit the International School São Lourenço in Almancil along with the Duke of Braganza, heir to the Portuguese throne.

Constantino Jordan, Vice-Chairman of the governing board of the school, told the Algarve Resident: “We are the only school in Portugal that follows the international Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and the children will be doing a demonstration of the activities and skills they have learned during this special visit for the school community.”

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