Prince Edward makes a platinum jubilee flag on the Isle of Wight

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PRINCE Edward, the Earl of Wessex, tried his hand at making jubilee pennants on his visit to the Isle of Wight.

The Earl and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex spent yesterday on the island visiting several organisations. It was part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Prince Edward stopped by to visit the Isle of Wight charities Independent Arts and South West Area Youth (SWAY). Participants, volunteers, staff and artists welcomed him
Independent Arts Creative Hub in Newport.

The Earl enjoys chatting with musicians JC & Cathy Grimshaw and Tony Nichol, who offer interactive workshops in care homes around the island, led by Nicola Ward. Picture by Julian Winslow.

During the hour-long visit, The Earl, a longtime supporter of the arts, attended a demonstration of therapeutic singing to breathe and toured the Heritage Newport Mills gallery exhibition of art installations created by Young Carers, the Newport Scouts and Year 5 students were from St Helen’s Primary School.

HRH also learned about the charity’s wellness workshops in care homes across the island and met some of the extremely talented musicians and artists who bring such joy to residents, particularly those with dementia.

The Earl heard about Arts for Wellbeing projects that support young people and families
across the island, with a display of artwork from Saturday’s Picture Play sessions, and teens visiting the Creative Hub to support their mental health.

Students from the IW Education Federation displayed their display of wire-formed biosphere birds created through a year-long collaboration with Creative Biosphere
with artist-in-residence Trudie Wilson.

Isle of Wight County Press: Art practitioner Kirstie Hayler, a ceramist, introduces royal dogs to the Earl of Wessex and explains how participants of all ages enjoy making models with clay.  Picture by Julian Winslow.Art practitioner Kirstie Hayler, a ceramist, demonstrates royal dogs to the Earl of Wessex and explains how participants of all ages enjoy making models out of clay. Picture by Julian Winslow.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Earl takes part in warm-up exercises for the Singing for Breathing demonstration.  Picture by Julian Winslow.The Earl participates in the warm-up exercises for the Singing for Breathing demonstration. Picture by Julian Winslow.

The video was shot in Pan, Newport earlier in the day.

Volunteers and participants in the weekly Creative Café group chatted with the prince as they sewed anniversary pennants, and a few catchy songs were sung by everyone as part of the SingAbout sessions.

Wendy Varley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “It was a privilege to be able to show The
Earl of Wessex on how independent arts are really making a difference in people’s lives. It was an all-round successful hour.”

Showing Prince Edward how to sew jubilee pennants, weekly attendee Margaret Loveridge said: “It was an honor to be invited. Independent Arts has given me so much, coming to their projects has helped me reclaim my life. The whole experience was magical. It has been my pleasure to represent the work of Independent Arts.”

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