Every Summer, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spend a week at Llwynywermod, their Welsh farmhouse near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire and carry out a series of events in different parts of Wales. This year is no exception as the Royal Couple embark on their summer visit to Wales and this year’s trip has the theme of ‘Wales, Past, Present and Future’.
The annual stay in Wales this year begins with visits to three successful Welsh family businesses. Cnwd food company, Melin Tregwynt Mill and Caws Cenarth cheese factory are all on the Royal couple’s agenda and are outstanding examples of Welsh companies offering local employment and Welsh based production.
Cnwd food company is a food company based in Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire. Founded by former chef Scott Davis, the company makes high quality pates and terrines. The company prides itself on using produce sourced from the surrounding Carmarthenshire coastline and countryside. Staying in the food sector, Caws Cenarth cheese factory is one of the leading lights in Welsh artisan cheese making. Their cheeses are all still handmade and pressed in cast iron presses that are now over one hundred years old.
The Melin Tregwynt Mill in Pembrokeshire is a heritage woollen mill which is adapting to 21st century needs and locally employs 30 people in textile production. After touring the mill and meeting some apprentices, The Prince of Wales will attend an event celebrating the growth of rural heritage and textiles industries in Wales.
Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall will also celebrate Wales’s rich history during a visit to Llantwit Major before making their way to the Vale of Glamorgan and in particular to Galilee Chapel which holds one of the most important collections of Celtic Christian stones in the UK. The Prince will then celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust before moving on to the Sony factory at Pencoed near Bridgend, which has been providing consistent employment in the area for the past 40 years.
On her own solo engagements, Camilla will visit the Welsh National War Memorial in Cathays Park, Cardiff as part of the charity’s In Memoriam 2014 campaign. She will then undertake her first visit as Patron of Arthritis Research UK at the Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
Whilst in Wales, Charles and his wife will also pay tribute to Wales’s coal mining past when they pay a visit to Senghenydd where they will attend a short service and lay a wreath at the foot of the Welsh National Mining Memorial. They will also visit and officially open the Aber Valley Heritage Center which has exhibits relating to a number of mining disasters.
Usk, which is an award-winning town, will welcome The Duchess of Cornwall on another solo engagement as she visits a number of locations that are taking part in the ‘2014 Britain in Bloom’ competition. Her Royal Highness will meet schoolchildren, business owners and members of the community. While the Duchess is in Usk, The Prince, as Patron of the Landmark Trust, will visit Llwyn Celyn which is a rare surviving example of a Grade 1 late 15th century farmstead, recently acquired by the trust.
Finally, The Prince of Wales will meet John and Margaret Thomas who produce various varieties or organic Welsh farmhouse apple juice before ending the entire Wales visit in Brecon, where he will see the magnificent Victorian interior of the Plough Chapel, which has recently been restored.
“The Prince and Duchess are looking forward to a busy week celebrating the unique heritage of Wales,” commented a Clarence House spokesperson.
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I really like this picture of Prince Charles, and I noticed at least two people recording him with their smartphones. They probably see that wherever they go!
I see a lot of Earl Mountbatten in him in this photo; also a bit of his grandfather, King George VI.
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