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Socks fit for the future King? Prince Charles pays a visit to Wales

The Prince of Wales will be in Carmarthenshire on Friday 27th February as he undertakes a day of engagements in the region. The first of those engagements will be a visit to Corgi Hosiery Ltd while the second engagement will see him officially open a new extension to Morgan Marine Ltd.

Corgi Hosiery Ltd have recently expanded and it is for this reason that Prince Charles will visiting the company in Ammanford, to officially open the new extension as well as to meet factory staff and sneak in a quick tour of the factory for good measure.

Corgi has been producing high quality socks and knitwear in Carmarthenshire since 1892 whilst using only the finest yarns and manufacturing methods handed down through the generations. In 1989, Prince Chares awarded Corgi with a Royal Warrant and it is this achievement that is regarded with enormous pride by everyone who works for the company.

One of Corgi’s biggest achievements is the production of the Regimental Sock Collection, which has been produced in close association with The Prince of Wales. Corgi Regimental Sock Collection consists of nine designs, each one depicting the stripes and colours of one of the regiments or battalions of which The Prince of Wales is Colonel or Colonel-in-Chief.

The remarkable thing about the Regimental Sock Collection is that it is endorsed by the Ministry of Defence. A proportion of all sales donated to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for Veterans of which Charles is Patron. Combat Stress provide specialist clinical treatment and welfare support to ex service men and women suffering with psychological injuries. The charity was founded in 1919 after the horrors of The Great War and since its inception has supported over 100,000 Veterans.

As part of his visit to Corgi, Prince Charles will also have the opportunity to visit the factory shop.

The second engagement of the day will see The Prince of Wales make his way to Llandybie where he will visit Morgan Marine Ltd. On his visit to the factory, Prince Charles will officially open the company’s new extension as well as partaking in a tour of the factory where members of staff will greet His Royal Highness.

As an award winning manufacturer and supplier of Industrial Glass Reinforced Polymer, Morgan Marine Ltd has been at the forefront of this technology since 1965 and currently employs 250 people at its headquarters in Llandybie.

The company make products such as enclosures, gatehouses, kiosks and cabinets and since 2011, the company has seen a massive increase in its turnover, from £11 million to £18 million. This increased turnover is a result of significant research and development as well as a continued investment in staff, processes and premises.

The Prince of Wales will also get the chance to learn how the security equipment the company makes is produced.

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