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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Devon and Cornwall

21st July 2017

Her Royal Highness meets school children at the Ambrosia Creamery

Her Royal Highness meets school children at the Ambrosia Creamery

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall undertook 13 engagements over their annual visit to Devon and Cornwall between the 19th and 21st July.

The key themes of this year's visit included celebrating local food and produce, the success of local businesses, and the great work done by charities throughout the region.

Their Royal Highnesses began their visit in Cornwall, visiting a local bakery, and to see the results of a collaboration between an independent grocery store, the Duchy of Cornwall and Waitrose.

Later on Day One, His Royal Highness met with staff and patients at Macmillan Cancer Care. The Prince, who is patron of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "I am so glad this place exists. I am sure it makes a big difference and I am so glad you are being looked after.

"Look after yourselves."

Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness visited the new headquarters of Shelterbox, a charity which provides emergency shelter for families left homeless by disaster.

On Day Two, Their Royal Highnesses visited Devon, including a visit to Ambrosia in Lifton to celebrate the centenary of the company, which has been based in the same village since 1917.

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted at the factory by children from Lifton Community Primary School, who waved flags and handed The Duchess more bouquets of flowers than she could carry.

Thomas and Jaxon, both six, said The Duchess asked them if they knew anyonewho worked in the factory, and added that they were "very, very, very excited to meet her".

 

His Royal Highness visits The Devon Young Farmers Club

His Royal Highness visits The Devon Young Farmers Club

In the afternoon of Day Two, The Prince of Wales met young farmers from across Devon at The Devon Young Farmers Club, where members can participate in a range of activities including shearing, skills training and sporting activities. The network gives young people in the countryside a chance to meet new people, socialise, learn skills, help the community and travel.

The last engagement on Day Two took The Prince to Okehampton Camp to learn how the Ministry of Defence is working with local conservationists and The Duchy of Cornwall to help protect the flora and fauna of Dartmoor whilst conducting military exercises.

His Royal Highness met land clearers and their horses, who patrol the moor on horseback before firing exercises take place to ensure it is clear of livestock and members of the public. The practice, which is unique to Dartmoor, is carried out by a team of people who then sit in lookout huts while the exercises take place to make sure nobody enters.

On the final day of the visit, The Prince and The Duchess visited Tregunnel Hill where Her Royal Highness was joined by many of her Cornish Patronages to celebrate their work and The Duchess's birthday.

The Duchess then visited The Cornish Air Ambulance Trust to help celebrate their 30th anniversary. Her Royal Highness said: "I'd like to say a very, very happy 30th birthday to the Cornish air ambulance, (it's) quite a bit younger than me.

"We've had quite a lot of birthdays this week. It's a lovely way of ending the week to be able to say thank you to all of you and thank you to everybody involved with the air ambulance, because I know what wonderful work you do."