The Duchess of Cornwall attended the British Food Fortnight’s ‘ National Harvest Service’ on Monday.
School children from across the country presented boxes of harvest produce, which they have grown themselves at the Birmingham Cathedral in Birmingham on Monday afternoon.
Upon arriving at Birmingham Cathedral, The Duchess was met by the Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle and other dignitaries including the Bishop of Birmingham, The Right Reverend David Urquhart.
The Service included children presenting three harvest boxes to the Dean at the high altar, readings by the children in attendance and a special address by The Bishop of Birmingham.
A specially commissioned symbolic sculpture the ‘Harvest Torch’ representing the harvest, was blessed in Westminster Abbey and will in future pass from host city to host city, akin to the Olympic Torch was also unveiled.
Following the Service Camilla met with school children, along with their harvest boxes. The children then carried their boxes to the one hundred year old horse-drawn trolley from a local farm who took the children’s Harvest Boxes to a Birmingham Food Bank.
British Food Fortnight is the annual celebration of the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces. Founded by Alexia Robinson 13 years ago in response to the foot and mouth crisis, it encourages the public to support British farmers and food producers.
It is organised by Love British Food, a small independent organisation that educates consumers, retailers and caterers about the benefits of buying British.
The National Harvest Service was first held at Westminster Abbey in 2014; it is now established on the National calendar and will be held in a different location each year.