During a three-day trip to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba this week, there was a special gift in store for Prince Edward. The Queen's youngest son was presented with a pair of cuddly polar bear soft toys to take home to his children, four-year-old Louise and James, five months.
The 44-year-old royal was meeting with military families at a reception in the grounds of the Legislative Building when received the fluffy gifts from a little girl whose father is serving in Afghanistan. Their bear theme recalls the Prince's 1990 trip to Churchill in northern Manitoba, a popular place for spotting the animals.
And there was another thoughtful surprise in store for Edward when he met Manitoba's governmental head Gary Doer. The statesman gave the Prince a pair of framed notices naming two lakes in the central Canadian province after his children Louise and James.