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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall to open heritage centre in Senghenydd

large_4078199853The Aber Valley Heritage Centre will be officially opened in Senghenydd next month by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as part of their official summer visit to Wales.

The visit to Senghenydd will take place on July 3rd and the Prince and Duchess will pay tribute to Wales’s coal mining past when there. They will attend a short service and lay a wreath at the foot of the Welsh National Mining Memorial, before touring and officially opening the Aber Valley Heritage Centre. The museum has a variety of exhibits relating to a number of mining disasters, as well as artefacts which document the wider history of the Welsh Valleys.

This year’s annual stay in Wales begins with visits to three successful Welsh family businesses, Cnwd food company, Caws Cenarth cheese factory and Melin Tregwynt Mill in Pembrokeshire. Both Charles and Camilla will celebrate Wales’s rich history during a visit to Llantwit Major before heading to the Vale of Glamorgan to see the newly restored Galilee Chapel.

The Prince of Wales will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, of which he is Patron, when he visits the Edwardian Dryffyn House and Gardens on a solo engagement. Prince Charles will then move on to Sony, which has been providing employment in the area for 40 years, founded following a suggestion from The Prince that Sony should invest in Wales.

During the Duchess of Cornwall’s solo engagements in Wales, she will visit the Welsh National War Memorial in Cathays Park, undertake her first visit as Patron of Arthritis Research UK and visit the town of Usk where she will visit a number of locations taking part in the ‘Britain in Bloom 2014’ competition.

At one point on the tour, the royal couple will host a reception at Llwynywermod  to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas; Prince Charles is Royal Patron of the Dylan Thomas 100 festival.

Charles will end this year’s visit to Wales in Brecon, where he will see the magnificent Victorian interior of the Plough Chapel, which has recently been restored.

A Clarence House spokesperson commented: “The Prince and Duchess are looking forward to a busy week celebrating the unique heritage of Wales, from Celtic Christianity to Dylan Thomas. Their Royal Highnesses also want to highlight modern Welsh success stories, such as the production of the Raspberry Pi at Sony”.

Photo credit: KennethMoyle via photopin cc

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