THE Isle of Wight is due a royal visit next week — from the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

On Tuesday, May 24, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will arrive on our shores. 

They will carry out a number of engagements, including visiting Pan Estate in Newport, to see the work done by the Community Centre and Barnados Family Centre, alongside Barton Primary School. 

They will also attend the Isle of Wight Agricultural Society Education Day, as well as visiting Independent Arts and South West Area Youth, to see the work being done with young people on the Isle of Wight. 

They will then visit the sheltered housing at Columbus House to see and join in with their preparations to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon, said: "We are delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to the Isle of Wight. 

"They have both always been great supporters of the Island and maintained a close interest during the Covid pandemic. 

"Their support of so many different aspects of our community is much appreciated."

Graham Biss, chairman of the Royal Isle of Wight County Show, said: "We are very excited to be welcoming The Earl and Countess to our Education Day at the County Showground. 

"Her Royal Highness is patron of The Association of Show and Agricultural Organisation, and with our County Show newly expanded to two days this summer, we are keen to showcase the charitable work we do for young people through education, and bursaries and scholarships."