09/18/2014 01:04 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:57 EDT

Prince Edward begins three-day visit to Saskatchewan by visiting Moose Jaw

MOOSE JAW, Sask. - Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, has launched a three-day visit to Saskatchewan.

He landed at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Wednesday afternoon and was greeted by Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

Following a short welcoming ceremony, the prince inspected the parade consisting of members of the Saskatchewan Dragoons and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Moose Jaw Mayor Deb Higgins said the prince is "always very personable and willing to meet the public."

After a private function with relatives of military personnel at 15 Wing, Prince Edward travelled to the headquarters of the Saskatchewan Dragoons, of which he is colonel-in-chief.

Before heading inside for a BBQ with its members, the prince took some time to meet about 100 people from the public that showed up.

Marion Tolley said it was a great honour to meet a member of the Royal Family.

"He's been here before and I never got that close to him before," she said.

"He shook my hand and I welcomed him to Moose Jaw," said Laura Kuntz, who met the Queen years ago in Regina.

"It's royalty, they don't come too often. We feel honoured to have come out to see him."

The royal visit continues Thursday in Regina with stops on Friday in Saskatoon and Swift Current.