A Royal Treat
Central College senior Kate Ricke and junior Kaity Sharp spent the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day learning how to curtsy. Their preparations weren’t for a romantic date but for a prince: His Royal Highness, the Duke of York.
Ricke and Sharp are studying abroad in London this spring and are interning at DeMarquette Fine Chocolates, where nine Central students have interned in the past three years. The luxury chocolate marker supplies the royal family with chocolate, toffee and nougat and has won dozens of awards in its seven-year existence. But the company is also devoted to Fair Trade and humanitarian actions—buying cocoa beans from Vietnam and using the proceeds to finance a vocational rehabilitation center for handicapped children there.
“It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a member of the royal family, especially being an American and only an intern,” says Ricke. “I felt very lucky.” The Duke of York chose to tour DeMarquette Chocolates because of its reputation for humanitarian success. The duke, Prince Andrew, is Queen Elizabeth’s third child, the younger brother of Prince Charles and the uncle to Princes William and Harry. He is fourth in line to the throne.
Along with meeting the royal family, the girls love the rich history and diversity of London—and the independence of exploring on their own. “I feel like the world is so much bigger now,” Sharp says.
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Central interns at DeMarquette meet His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.