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Mayor Kasim Reed is meeting with Prince Charles today

Prince Charles welcomed a group from Atlanta today

Prince Charles welcomed a group from Atlanta today

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.

Here is a slideshow of photos from the meeting.

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.”

And here is a link to the City of Atlanta’s official press release, if you’d like to read it.

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.

We snapped this photo of Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill with Rodney Cook at a party he threw a while back.

We snapped this photo of Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill with Rodney Cook at a party he threw a while back.

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.

Stay tuned.

By Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com, The Buzz blog

14 comments Add your comment

Tax Payer

November 16th, 2010
12:50 pm

Jennifer: Please advise if this most important trip was paid for by the tax payers.

H4GM

November 16th, 2010
12:57 pm

^^^I hear that! Taxes of a broke city used?

One of my in-laws will probably attend the wedding.

Why

November 16th, 2010
1:45 pm

Can we please get an article of the Mayor doing something in THE CITY without all the hoopla. The every day decisions are being made by Peter Aman, while Mayor Reed runs around on a public relations tour througout the world. I don’t remember voting for Peter Aman to be MY Mayor. I’ve noticed a pattern, and I pray that I did not waste my vote for Mayor Reed. Meet with the citizens. Stop making us wait months to get on your calendar.

@Why

November 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

If you wanted a Mayor who wasn’t afraid to meet with citizens, you should have voted for Mary Norwood.

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H4GM

November 16th, 2010
2:28 pm

Thanks for the sponsorship info update, Jennifer.

OldTimer

November 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

It’s all about timing. Way to go Kasim.

SpaceyG on Twitter

November 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

*If anyone would be able to snare a royal invite to next year’s nuptials, it would be Cook in our estimation.* Does Mr. Cook fox hunt?

jeff

November 16th, 2010
4:34 pm

This is an extract from above…
Can people like Taxpayer and H4GM read before posting comment (grrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
“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.”

If you want to keep Atlanta as a small town, elect a mayor who stays in the city, if you want a city taht reverberates beyond the SouthEast, provides opportunities for its inhabitants, become a world class city, your mayor has to travel the world…I for one thing moved to Atlanta (and pay taxes) because I want to live in a (warm) world class city…

CJ

November 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

This is nothing more than a ego trip and a vacation. Some how I think the tax payers should raise some questions.

pJacket

November 16th, 2010
5:06 pm

That’s wonderful. Dead bodies are turning up in bushes, citizens and businesses are getting robbed, raped, vandelized, and everything else, while this clown is wasting time and our money. Maybe if he had spent half the time and money he does building his ego evaluating a real police chief, he would actually be doing his job. But seriously, who really expected that. Actually his constituents are getting what they wanted when voting him in – free reign to terrorize productive Atlanta.

London2Atlanta

November 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

Brilliantly Connecting Our 2 Great Cities!

The London2Atlanta Network is having the Exclusive UK Launch Soiree at THE BENTLEY HOTEL in Kensington. NOV, 25, 2010 http://www.London2Atlanta.com

Steve

November 20th, 2010
11:24 am

For all the people whining about mayor reed you should have voted for mary norwood. Idiots. She would have stayed in the city, met with people, found solutions to thihngs. But, no, losers are to afraid to vote for a white woman.

Tricia K.

November 21st, 2010
8:00 am

I am speechless. This is quite an undertaking by anyone to fly to England and visit the royal family. Timing could not have been more perfect for those interested due to the upcoming nuptials.