Sarah Ferguson shares her royal baby joy and love of Canada at Toronto art gallery event

By Sarah Curran

Everyone from the the Obamas to Ellen DeGeneres has chimed in on sharing well-wishes with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since the royal arrival of little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor earlier this week – and now the Duchess of York is also congratulating the new parents!

Sarah Ferguson with one of T.M. Glass’s gorgeous digital lens paintings featuring flowers from Prince Andrew’s home. Photo: © George Pimentel/Getty Images

Sarah Ferguson, 59, arrived in Toronto on Wednesday (May 8) for the opening of The Audible Language of Flowers exhibition at Onsite gallery at OCAD University in Toronto. The mom of two looked beautiful in a green frock and black pumps, and shared her excitement about the new royal baby while speaking exclusively with HELLO Canada!. “We’re all so thrilled about your new arrival - little Archie,” the duchess gushed. “It’s great, it’s great!”

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Prince Andrew’s former wife said she was delighted to be back in Canada to open the new gallery exhibition of digital lens-based paintings by T.M Glass. “Canada is really our home and we just love Canadians,” she said, reminiscing fondly. “You’ve been absolutely incredible to us!”

OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Sara Diamond (right) shows Sarah one of the artworks. Photo: © George Pimentel/Getty Images

Sarah and T.M. Glass have formed a strong connection since the Toronto based artist created digital lens paintings of flowers from Royal Lodge, the hunting lodge near Windsor Castle that Andrew calls home. The artist was invited to photograph the garden’s flowers (a garden designed by the Queen Mother no less!), in vases from the Royal Lodge collection.

“Royal Lodge is where Prince Andrew lives and I am very lucky to live there, too, when I’m in England,” continued the duchess. “It’s a family home and it’s where we’re very happy. The gardens are quite exceptional and unusual. At the moment it’s all beautiful colours, so it’s like a punchbowl. It’s where I’m happiest in the world.”

Sarah and her daughter Princess Eugenie at the Art Antiques London gala evening in aid of children in crisis at Kensington Gardens in 2014. Photo: © David M. Benett/Getty Images

The mother-of-two also spoke about how she shares her passion for art with her daughter Eugenie, who studied art history at university and is now an art gallery director. “My passion is for vases and flowers and colour. I worked in an art gallery before I got married so I’ve always been in art,” she added. “My daughter Eugenie works with Hauser & Wirth, which is contemporary art, so we spend a lot of time in it.”

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson sporting stetson hats while visiting Medicine Hat, Alta. in 1987. Photo: © John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

Sarah and Andrew have long and deep connections with Canada. The former couple honeymooned in Yellowknife after their 1986 wedding, so the country holds a special place in the duchess’s heart, as she revealed while speaking to gathered media at the event.

“I had to carry the canoe,” Sarah said, chuckling, as she remembered their trip. “And I had a bug net on and had just got married, and the Mounties said, ‘Oh, we’ll give her three days. She’ll get out of that,’ and Andrew went, ‘Oh, they don’t know you very well, do they?’ We lasted two weeks, which was incredible.”

The Audible language of Flowers runs at OCAD U gallery Onsite in Toronto until Aug. 18.

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