Looks like Pictou County is in for some royal visitors.
It was welcomed news to hear Friday that Prince Philip and Camilla will be coming to the Shiretown next month.
Pictou has been a destination point for many tourists over the years and has had its share of prestigious people stop by including Princess Anne and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But it has been a while since a visit of this significance.
Some will argue that the visit means little and that the monarchy means little to Pictou County anymore. They’d be wrong.
Here are three reasons why the Royal visit is something to look forward to.
No. 1, this is a visit that gives people in Pictou County something to look forward to. Excitement is sure to build as the day draws closer, as workers spruce up streets and yards and prepares to throw out the proverbial welcome mat. It’s like having rich relatives come to visit. It gives you reason to dust the corners of your house you haven’t touched in years.
No. 2, it gives a reason for pride that this part of the province was chosen. The fact of the matter is, they didn’t have to come here. There are other ways to P.E.I., but clearly some value was seen in stopping in the town. Pictou should feel good about that.
No. 3, it means money. Thousands of dollars are sure to be spent as people from across the region flock to this area to catch a glimpse of the royals. That means people stopping at our restaurants, shopping in our stores and perhaps staying the night. It also brings media attention to our community. It’s the kind of publicity you can’t buy.
Whatever your view on the monarchy, this is good company to have.