On Tuesday The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall had a rather interesting day starting with with a cookery class and ending with a fire and rescue demonstration.
Charles and Camilla toured the River Cottage HQ restaurant with the cook and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Tuesday. Whilst there the Royal couple met with young people, visited the cookery school and learned more about foraging.
During their visit, the couple were introduced to a dessert of seaweed chocolate pudding, in which The Prince commented to John Wright, River Cottage’s forager-in-chief: “You wouldn’t know that it was in there, would you?”
Charles and his wife then attended a reception with River Cottage employees and local experts, where they presented Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall with a Duchy Nursery Manaccan plum-tree to plant. They were given a hamper of River Cottage books, a bottle of the company’s pale ale and posy of flowers grown on the farm.
The Prince and Duchess are strong supporters of local sourcing and are always keen to support local producers. Both share Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s belief that it is vital that children know about food, and understand where it comes from, so they can eat healthily.
Following their River Cottage visit, the Royal couple went on to Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service’s Fire Behaviour School at the Exeter International Airport. There they met members of the Police, Fire, Ambulance and other services who worked together during last winter’s severe weather and flooding in the West Country, including on the Somerset Levels and at Dawlish.
They viewed a multi-agency training exercise by the Police, Fire and Ambulance services demonstrating a rescue effort among the three services. Following the demonstration, they both went on to solo engagements.
As reported earlier on Royal Central, The Duchess of Cornwall embarked on a solo engagement, reopening the Exeter Library. This past May, Exeter Library reopened after a £4 million refurbishment. The project took 18 months to complete.
Whilst his wife was reopening the library on Tuesday, Charles toured tour the Royal William Yard, and attend a reception to mark the 100th anniversary of the city of Plymouth, which was formed when the three towns of Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport were joined together.
In 1914 the three towns of Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport were amalgamated, forming the city of Plymouth. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the union.
Royal William Yard, a group of former Royal Navy buildings, has been redeveloped over the past 17 years and now includes a cafe, bars, restaurants, a museum, art galleries, offices and residential spaces.