Royal memories for 300 students who saw prince, duchess up close in Winnipeg
Beth Macdonell, CTV Winnipeg
Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:55PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:19PM CST
Three hundred Manitoba students got the chance to see the royals up close as part of the Winnipeg tour.
Some students even had a personal conversation with the couple on May 21.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper joined the royals on the stop. They flew paper planes after learning from students about airplane design. One of the planes poked a member of the media trying to photograph the activity.
For young people who met the royals, the meeting was a moment to remember.
"It was fantastic. I loved it. I was shaking," said 11-year old Winnipeg student Shahbozek Abdulahadoda.
He quickly pulled out his mobile phone to take a selfie of himself and the prime minister as well as a photo of the prince and duchess.
Girls who showed off their science experiment said they were impressed how attentive and interested the duchess was about their “Raw Royal Jelly’ project.
The projects aims to help people living with osteoporosis. The duchess is the president of an osteoporosis charity in Britain.
“She asked a lot of questions,” said Alexandra Chester who added that when the duchess’ handlers tried to get her to move on, the duchess asked to be given more time.
Other girls who met the duchess said she was nice and polite and they got goosebumps when she took her hand.
Three Manitoba students from Argyle, Man. were given special time with the couple. They sent the first Canadian science experiment by elementary students to the International Space Station earlier this year. They also presented the royals with flowers.
Prince Charles also recognized the students in a speech to the 300 young people in the hangar.
"I think it is a remarkable achievement,” he said.
During his speech, the prince said he hopes their skills continue to grow and complimented the vigour of Manitoba’s students.
The stop coincided with an annual event in Manitoba called AIM Day, which is Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day.