September 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM
KELOWNA – Jamie Samhan couldn’t believe it.
The Kelowna resident had been a reporter for the largest independent source for news about the royal family for a few years, and now the royal family was coming to her.
“It feels really great,” Samhan says. “When I joined Royal Central I got to see all the other reporters go to events in the U.K. and I wished it was me. It was unbelievable when I heard they were coming here.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate are bringing their children on a B.C. tour that will come through Kelowna at the end of this month. They will visit Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna and other cities between Sep. 24 and Oct. 1.
Samhan got the job at Royal Central after applying for a job as a blogger. Her passion for the U.K. and the royal family got her a job as a reporter and ultimately the role of assistant editor.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a canoe ride at Lake Blachford Lake, N.W.T., lodge on July 5, 2011. The couple will visit British Columbia and the Yukon this fall.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
She says her first royal memory happened on Aug. 31, 1997 when Princess Diana died. It was Samhan's eighth birthday.
“There’s something about that that stuck with me,” she says. “It affected so many people. Since then I’ve always enjoyed British culture.”
Although she admits her chances of getting an interview during the brief tour are “probably not very high” she knows what she would ask.
“I’d ask about their charity work. I know that means a lot to them,” she says. “They focus on mental health for youth and my children are similar ages to theirs so there is that connection but right now I am just waiting for Kensington Palace to send out the itinerary. We know where they’re going just not what they’ll be doing.”
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