In anticipation of all the excitement before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in Victoria on Saturday and Vancouver on Sunday, last minute preparations are underway.
The will be visit the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Sunday and crews there are putting in a little extra effort.
A station fit for Royals means a station with a bit of an extra sparkle, that’s according to the officer in charge of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base.
“We run a tight ship but everybody is going the extra mile just to make sure everything is clean and tidy and neat, Dexter waxed, and boats are shined up.”
Taylor Payne say apart from being a prince, William has military and first aid experience and that has crews excited.
“We both come from the same industry, he’s in the air, and we’re on the water.”
Several first responders across Metro Vancouver will get the chance to take part of the one-hour tour with the Duke and Duchess.
Meanwhile, In East Vancouver staff and clients at Sheway, a pregnancy outreach clinic on the Downtown Eastside, can barely contain their excitement.
Sheway manager Patti Zettel says as soon as the news hit that the Royal couple was coming, they almost couldn’t believe it.
“The staff and the women are over the moon, I think everyone is still walking around pinching themselves, asking is this really going to happen.”
A handful of women will get to sit with the pair and share stories.
“They are absolutely in awe, but also humbled and thrilled.”
One Vancouver mother is preparing to sip tea with royalty this weekend.
She hopes this visit will shed some light on the Downtown Eastside.
“There’s a lot of people doing good things and a lot of people that are doing very well out here. They need to see that. People need to see that.”
Cameo can’t wait to relive the moment with her three-month-old daughter when she’s a little older.
Like the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base, staff at Sheway are also going the extra mile, throwing in some new carpet and a fresh coat of paint.
And in the kitchen.
“The women in the kitchen will be preparing traditional Bannock, chocolate chip cookies, and a good old cup of tea.”
The Duke and Duchess will tour the clinic Sunday morning.