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Camilla visits Dents Fine Accessories and Community First in Wiltshire

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Wiltshire Tuesday attending two scheduled engagements.

The Duchess of Cornwall holding Sir Walter Raleigh's gloves on her visit to Dents. Photo courtesy of Stefan Mackley @Smackley27.

The Duchess of Cornwall holding Sir Walter Raleigh’s gloves on her visit to Dents. Photo courtesy of Stefan Mackley

The first event of the day had The Duchess pay a visit to Dents Fine Accessories, the British heritage glove maker began in 1777.

On arrival at Dents, Camilla was met by The Chief Executive Deborah Moore. She then toured the factory and saw various stages of glove production, including leather selection, cutting section and machinists at work.

After the factory tour, Camilla was given a tour of the museum. The museum keeps a range of historic gloves including those crafted by Dents for Queen Victoria, gloves belonging to Sir Walter Raleigh and Lord Admiral Nelson as well as Queen Elizabeth I’s Coronation Gloves.

At the Coronation, the presentation of the glove is a vital part of the ceremony. Dents by tradition make the gloves for the Coronation, including those worn King George VI at his Coronation in 1937 and the Coronation of Her Majesty at her coronation in 1953.

Camilla joined reception where she met additional members of staff and guests. She presented long service awards on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Glovers. Recipients included a member of the staff who has been with the company for 60 years and the Chief Executive’s dog who has been at the company for ten years.

The Princess Royal opened a brand new factory and headquarters in December 2011.

The second engagement on Tuesday, Camilla visited the Community First new office’s located at the Beacon Business Centre in Devizes.

Meeting The Duchess when she arrived was The Chairman of Community First, Dr Martin Hamer and The Chief Executive Mrs Philippa Read on her arrival.

Prior to the visit, Mrs Read noted: “We are delighted and thrilled that the Duchess of Cornwall is going to open our new offices and celebrate our 50th anniversary in this way. We are grateful that she is able to take time out of her busy schedule to visit us again and that she remains such an active supporter of our organisation.”

Camilla took a tour of the new offices, met with staff and a group of those benefiting from the work undertaken by the charity.

After the tour and meeting, Camilla joined a reception in the training where she met additional staff, Trustees, Vice Presidents, supporters and funders. During this time, she also had the chance to meet with young people helped from the Project Inspire Study Programme and the Wiltshire National Citizen Service delivered by the charity.

The Duchess of Cornwall unveiled a plaque to mark the visit and cut a cake as part of celebrations for Community First’s 50th anniversary year.

Young carer and winner of the 50th Birthday Emblem Competition, 12-year-old Janer Wrintmore presented Camilla with a gift.

Community First is a local charity that works to foster community development and to help confront the disadvantages people face whilst improving their quality of life and economic well-being.

It began in 1965 as Rural Community Council (RCC) as part of a post-war scheme to support rural communities.

The Duchess of Cornwall became Patron of Community First in July 2005.

Photo Credits: Stefan Mackley @Smackley27

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