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Former resident meets queen

1982 Amboy grad teaches in Scotland

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
In the foreground (from left) are Daniel Hovde, director at the International School of Aberdeen; Kent Walter, formerly of Sublette; Queen Elizabeth; and drama teachers Javier Chiaraluce and Adam Coutts.

Former Sublette resident Kent Walter has mingled with royalty.

About a year ago, Walter, a 1982 Amboy High School graduate who is teaching at the International School of Aberdeen, Scotland, was approached by the school’s director with the idea of writing to Buckingham Place to see whether the school could dedicate its theater in Queen Elizabeth’s name.

“I laughed and told him to ‘Go for it!’ I forgot about it since,” Walter writes in an email to Sauk Valley Media.

But on Aug. 14, Walter found out that the palace had approved the request and that it was sending a royal to dedicate it.

“I can only imagine my face when he said the queen herself was making the dedication,” Walter wrote.

The director then told Walter: “By the way, I will introduce you to her majesty, then you will introduce the rest of your staff. Also, you will need to have a maximum 10-minute performance for Her Majesty that day. The palace is requesting it.”

Walter’s department put together a presentation including drama, art, and instrumental and vocal music.

On Oct. 1, at the end of the performance for the monarch, Walter was introduced to the queen and shook her hand.

“I remember nothing of the conversation, but recall her being very gracious about her visit,” Walter wrote. “Her majesty was nothing but smiles at meeting our students and about her visit at the International School of Aberdeen.”

Walter studied music education at Illinois State University. He has also taught at international schools in Ethiopia, Kenya and Venezuela.

His parents, Byron and Marilyn Walter, now live in Lost Nation, near Dixon.

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