On Wednesday 19th March, the Royal couple will be meeting residents who were affected by the floods at the St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church on the High Street. There they will discuss with local business owners about the effect the flood has had on them, and speak to the members of Community Resilience, a business emergency recovery group associated with one of the Prince’s charities, about their efforts to help small enterprise owners.
Among those that the Prince and Duchess intend to meet is a local beekeeper, who previously had sixteen hives but lost them all when they were swept away by the flood waters. They will also meet the owners of Orchid View Classic Garage, a garage that specialises in restoring classic cars, some of which were badly damaged by the water, and the owners of Teapot Island, a museum which is home to over 6,000 china teapots.
Since being hit by the floods, Yalding has already been visited by the Prime Minister David Cameron. However, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be the first Royals to look in on the situation.
Their Royal Highnesses last visited Kent in July 2013, when they took a trip to the Chatham Historic Dockyard, a maritime museum built on the site of a former naval dockyard. The couple were given a tour of the newest attractions, and got a chance to meet the locals who had come out to see them.
Later in the day on Wednesday, Prince Charles and Camilla will pay a visit to Bateman’s in East Sussex, the seventeenth century house which was home to the famous author, Rudyard Kipling. Once there, they will tour the house and grounds and meet with staff and volunteers.