The L.M. Montgomery Institute is pleased to join in welcoming Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Prince Edward Island July 3 - 4 (http://www.gov.pe.ca/royaltour/). As part of The Guardian (Charlottetown) team covering the Island leg of the tour, kindred spirit Jocelyne Lloyd was privileged to meet the Duchess at a media reception in Charlottetown July 3rd, and asked Her Highness about her reported love of Anne Shirley. The Duchess confirmed that she had been a fan ever since reading Anne of Green Gables at age 8, and remarked: "It's every little girl's dream to be Anne, I think." Montgomery's tradition of winning admirers in high places continues (to learn more, read this fine essay by Mary Beth Cavert: http://home.earthlink.net/~bcavert/id35.html)
We are also pleased to learn that Montgomery heir Kate Macdonald Butler will be on hand at a reception at Dalvay July 4 to present a copy of the 100th Anniversary edition of Anne of Green Gables to Her Highness (http://newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2011/24/c9171.html).
We hope, too, that the Duchess will have other opportunities to share her love of Anne with kindred spirits during her time on Montgomery's beloved Island.