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Today Prince Edward searched for a 'treasure', played kantele, shot the bow in the Karelian wood and communicated with teengers from Russia, Finland and Estonia

PETROZAVODSK, September 15. /Correspondent of SPB-TASS Yuri Shleikin/. The Royal Family of the Great Britain member Prince Edward continues his visit to Karelia. He has come here to get acquainted with implementation of the international programme of young people personal development Award in which teenagers of over hundred countries of the world participate. Prince Edward is one of the programme patrons, and his visit to Karelia is not casual. In 2001 the republic became the first region of Russia where the new movement has appeared and is developing ever since.

Adventures of Prince Edward in the woods of Karelia near Petrozavodsk

Adventures of Prince Edward in the woods of Karelia near Petrozavodsk

The second day of the Ponce's visit began in an unusual way in the world of adventures in the Karelian wood near Petrozavodsk. There about two hundred teenagers from Russia, Finland and Estonia improved their tourist skills, canoed down the Shuya river in rubber rafts, searched for the 'treasure' according to reference points, overcame difficult obstacles, studied to render medical aid. Tourist skills is a part of the Award programme which includes physical development, civil service and personal skills of teenagers. Prince Edward together with young people has revealed his experience in shooting a bow at a target, riding a bicycle, searching for the 'treasure' and to the youngsters' delight has perfectly hit the mark with a life-line just like a skilled sailor. "Keep training and do it like I do," - the Prince said with a smile to the applause.

Sitting by the fire together with the Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov Prince Edward tried playing kantele - the national stringed musical instrument played by plucking. Then Prince Edward and other programme patrons gave personal registration certificates to the 102 new participants of the programme. The first two young people the Prince shook hands with were tenth-formers from Petrozavodsk Mark Maliarenko and Mikhail Shametsko.

Tonight Prince Edward and Sergey Katanandov will present the programme and will award its most active participants at the National Theatre of Karelia.

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