Kings and queens won’t be the only royalty on display at the River Cree Resort and Casino in May.

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, the former wife of Queen Elizabeth’s second son, Prince Andrew, will grace the River Cree stage in a special, motivational guest-speaking appearance on May 8.

Jim Lash, director of marketing at River Cree, said this kind of guest is a little out of the ordinary for the venue, but he added he couldn’t be more excited to pick the Duchess up when she lands in town.

“This is the only Canadian gig she’s doing. She’s flying right in from Europe just to do this show,” Lash said.

“We’re putting her into one of our ballrooms, which are a lot more intimate. You can’t be intimate when you’re looking 45 rows back, trying to look someone in the eye while you’re doing a motivational speech.”

The Duchess has written several books, including a best-selling autobiography, and is an accomplished businesswoman and humanitarian.

“This is sure to be a memorable evening,” Lash said. “Being in Canada and her being a member of the Royal Family, I think it will be quite exciting for a lot of people.”

Dinner, show and overnight packages are available, as well as individual tickets. Go to or call the venue at 780-930-2619.

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