Friday, July 15, 2011

Style at Home

We were delighted last year when we received a visit by Margot Austin from Style at Home when she was on PEI to carry out a photo shoot. The shoot was at a property that had been designed by Susan Snow who helped in the interior design of Number One Grafton Street.

It was a pleasure meeting Margot and her husband Kevin and their photographer Stacey. 

We are delighted with the review that Margot has included in the August edition of Style at Home that is now available in stores. 

On page 120 is a great photo of Number One Grafton Street and some very kind words on our inn.


It is an honour to be included in Style at Home, thanks to everyone involved.

William and Kate visit PEI

The visit to Prince Edward Island on July 3rd and 4th 2011 was a special event that deserves recording in our blog. William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to visit PEI as part of their Canadian Tour. It was reported that Kate had always been interested in the story of  Anne of Green Gables that is based in Prince Edward Island
The Duke received his own personal flag during his visit to Canada.

The Royal couple arrived on the island during Sunday evening and after attending a press reception were driven to Government House to spend the night.

During Sunday afternoon the citizens of Charlottetown were enjoying the lovely warm weather.

 But by 8pm crowds had appeared hoping for a glimpse of William and Kate.
We had walked the short distance from Number One Grafton Street just in time to see the convoy arrive and managed to get a quick glimpse of Kate as she waved before entering the house. For that one night we were the closest Bed and Breakfast to William and Kate, being situated only 300m away.

Security was tight but not overpowering with a combination of human and electronic detection devices.
The next morning we were waiting outside Government House at around 10am for the convoy to leave, taking William and Kate to Province House.

This time we got a better view of them getting into their limousine.

Security was still very tight. Here was one of the security guards on the roof of the provincial government buildings.
Once William and Kate drove out onto Grafton Street we got a much better view of them.

Then we were off to Province House to see if we could get a better view. The crowds were quite large when we arrived and the international press were ready and waiting.

But it wasn't too long before William and Kate appeared outside Province House to cheers from the crowd waiting outside.

After a series of speeches William and Kate went for a walkabout to meet the crowds. William came to our side. 

He worked his way along the edge of the crowd and seemed very relaxed and enjoying the experience. Everyone appeared very pleased to welcome him to Charlottetown.

Before leaving we managed to get one good photo of the two of them together.

They left Province House in a landau to travel down Great George Street. Some friends of ours managed to capture a photo of them as they passed by.

It was a very good day in the history of Charlottetown and one that everyone who had shared the occasion will remember.