By Isle of Wight Radio Royal Appointment? His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex has paid a visit to our studios in Newport as part his visit to the Island today (Friday).

Prince Edward and the Isle of Wight Radio and Isle of Wight Beacon teams
Prince Edward and the Isle of Wight Radio and Isle of Wight Beacon teams

Prince Edward is on the Isle of Wight to officially open the Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House in Cowes, where this morning he met organisers, trustees and volunteers.

At the town’s Royal Yacht Squadron, the Prince met the trustees of the Isle of Wight Foundation, for which he is Patron. Prince Edward has also visited Newport Minster to see the church’s restoration works and ongoing fundraising appeal.

Paul Topping and Emily Wells interview the Prince
Breakfast with Paul Topping, Emily Wells and Prince Edward?

This lunchtime, at Isle of Wight Radio, Prince Edward gave an exclusive interview to the Breakfast Show’s Paul Topping and Emily Wells. The Earl of Wessex told them:

“Over the years I’ve got to know the Island a lot better and I’ve been able to explore much more of the Island than some, and got to know some of the issues and challenges on the Island as well.”

Hear the Prince’s interview in full on Monday’s Topping In The Morning, between 7 and 9am.

The Earl of Wessex at Isle of Wight Radio
The Earl of Wessex at Isle of Wight Radio
Isle of Wight Radio's John Hannam and the Earl Of Wessex
Isle of Wight Radio’s John Hannam and the Earl Of Wessex

The Prince was also introduced to Isle of Wight Radio presenter John Hannam and Sales Manager Sue Hudson, who have been at the station throughout our entire 25 year history.

Isle of Wight Radio's Paul Topping and Sue Hudson with the Earl Of Wessex
Isle of Wight Radio’s Paul Topping and Sue Hudson with the Earl Of Wessex
Quarr Abbey Copyright: David Evison
Quarr Abbey Copyright: David Evison

This afternoon, at Quarr Abbey, the Prince will attend a short service and tour the Abbey and gardens. He will visit a new paraplegic facility which has been provided by the Friends of Quarr, the Southern Housing allotments and hen rescue unit before visiting the abbey’s farm shop containing produce from the gardens. His Royal Highness will be invited to lay the first brick for the rebuilding of the garden wall, a project funded by the Friends of Quarr, which continue to raise funds for its completion.

Brading Roman Villa, where the Prince is a patron
Brading Roman Villa, where the Prince is a patron

The Prince will also visit Brading Roman Villa. He is a Patron at the attraction and will be updated on a craft project involving the Island’s prisons.