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Paralympics get royal treatment

Prince Edward is in Vancouver to meet Paralympic staff and athletes and tour event venues.

Prince Edward is in Vancouver to meet Paralympic staff and athletes and tour event venues.

The Earl of Wessex arrived Thursday, and was welcomed by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The prince donned one of the bright blue jackets worn by Olympic and Paralympic volunteers, and a medallion commemorating his trip.

For the next three days he’s taking in Vancouver’s Paralympic Winter Games events and meeting with participants and volunteers in Vancouver and Whistler, before attending the Games’ closing ceremonies on Sunday.

Edward was in Vancouver in 2006, when the Paralympic flag was raised at city hall.

The 46-year-old prince — the youngest of Queen Elizabeth’s four children — will present 100 young Canadians aged 14 to 25 with Duke of Edinburgh Awards during his visit.