Well how is this for timing?
Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of several other Atlantans have hopped across the pond to meet with Prince Charles right as the official announcement comes out about Prince William’s engagement.
Reed and his cortege are touring Poundbury, Prince Charles’ master development project in the county of Dorset, we are told.
This is an update from the city:
“The Mayor is a sponsored guest of the British government. The City is not paying for his fare. After today, he is going to meetings with city and government officials regarding economic development and business investment opportunities.”
Prince Charles has an affinity for both planning and Atlanta.
“The prince has a longtime interest in architecture and urban planning,” noted the Atlanta International School’s Courtney Fowler. Her boss, AIS headmaster Kevin Glass, is among the Atlantans on the trip. Developers Charlie Ackerman, Sachin and Paul Shailendra and Stephen Macauley also made the trip, along with prominent preservationist Rodney Cook, president of the National Monuments Foundation and whose projects include the stately Millennium Gate museum near Atlantic Station – and the World Athletes Monument, which he built in 1996 at Pershing Point in Midtown with funds from Prince Charles’ foundation.
If anyone would be able to snare a royal invite to next year’s nuptials, it would be Cook in our estimation.
He and his wife Emily and their children reside in a neoclassical mansion overlooking a former horse farm on the banks of Nancy Creek in Buckhead. Cook designed it himself, basing it on Prince Charles’ home.
Displayed inside is a photo of Cook with the prince, and he and Emily have entertained dignitaries including Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill there.
We asked, of course, if the entire gang of Atlanta visitors all received wedding invitations when William and Kate Middleton tie the knot next year.
By Jennifer Brett, firstname.lastname@example.org, The Buzz blog