The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall undertake a wide range of engagements throughout the UK.
His Royal Highness has had a long and enduring relationship with Wales since becoming Prince of Wales at the age of nine. Prior to his investiture at Caernarfon Castle on 1st July 1969, The Prince, who was at Cambridge University at the time, spent a term at Aberystwyth University learning Welsh. The Prince still often uses Welsh when opening and closing a speech in Wales.
In addition to attending important national occasions in Wales and other engagements throughout the year, every summer Their Royal Highnesses visit Wales for a concentrated week of engagements, known as Wales Week. This sees The Prince and The Duchess visit both rural and urban projects, often linked to His Royal Highness's charities.
The Prince’s Charities are very active in Wales: 5,000 young people in Wales each year are supported by The Prince’s Trust; PRIME-Cymru has helped well over 1,200 people aged over 50 to start their own business; Business in the Community Cymru has 300 businesses of all sizes engaged across Wales and has raised over £1.2 million of in kind support for some 690 community projects; and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is helping to preserve heritage buildings such as Denbigh Hospital.
The Prince of Wales established the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, a wide-ranging project that aims to help promote rural enterprise, protect the environment and add value to products and services in Mid-Wales and therefore help sustain traditional upland farms and rural communities.
The Prince is Patron of a number of Welsh charities and organisations such as the Welsh Black Cattle Society, the Welsh Culinary Team, Ty Hafan: the children’s hospice in Wales, the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen and the Welsh National Opera. He is also Chancellor of the University of Wales.
In 2000, The Prince revived the tradition of having an official harpist in order to foster Welsh talent on the harp, the national instrument of Wales.
In November 2006, The Duchy of Cornwall bought a property in Wales in Llwynywermod, Myddfai, near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire. The property is used regularly by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they are in Wales.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall share a fondness for Scotland, spending time in the country both carrying out public engagements and privately at their Birkhall residence on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.
Every summer, The Prince and The Duchess, known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, carry out a week of engagements during their annual stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The Prince's Charities contribute a great deal to life in Scotland: The Prince’s Trust Scotland has helped 30,000 people in Scotland since it was founded in 1976; The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is actively involved in preserving Scotland’s built heritage with successes such as the former spinning mill Anchor Mill in Paisley; and Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) encourages businesses to promote responsible business practices for the benefit of the wider community.
In 2005 The Prince launched the North Highland Initiative (NHI) to promote and develop the economy and support the rural communities of the North of Scotland.
The first stage of the initiative involved the creation of the Mey Selections food brand, selling locally reared meat and other produce; the second involved Pleasure in the Extreme, a newly launched tourism brand based around the physical and environmental extremes that exist in the North Highlands.
The third phase of the project will concentrate on breathing new life into the area’s valuable built heritage.
The Prince is Patron of a number of Scottish based organisations such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, Caithness Heritage Trust, Glasgow School of Art and the Gordon Highlanders Museum.
The Prince is also Patron of Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, Scotland’s only Gaelic college. Every year The Prince’s Annual Review is translated into Gaelic. Click here to visit the Gaelic section of this website.
The Prince visits Northern Ireland regularly and many of his charities are active in the province.
More than 220 companies are members of Business in the Community Northern Ireland and help to make a positive contribution to the environment, workplace, society and the economy.
Five Northern Ireland companies were recognised for making a positive impact on society through Business in the Community’s National Awards for Excellence in 2006.
Arts and Business works to encourage collaboration between business and the arts in Northern Ireland. The Prince is Patron of The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation and visited the memorial garden in Belfast in May 2010.
As well as conducting many of their engagements each year in England, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall also attend a number of important national occasions in England.
In addition, The Prince is Patron of a number of specifically English organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Safer London Foundation, the Mary Rose Trust, the Sussex Cattle Society, the Turner Society, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Age Concern England, the Elgar Foundation and Taste of the West which promotes produce from the South West of England.
As Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Their Royal Highnesses make regular visits to the South West of England and are both Patron to a number of charities and organisations based in the region.
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