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The Duchess of Cornwall’s day in Kent

The Duchess of Cornwall spent her day in Kent on Wednesday undertaking two events. The first was in honour of her late brother Mark Shand. The second event of the day saw The Duchess attended an announced visit to a local winery.

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the former school of her late brother, Mark Shand, who was a student at Saint Ronan’s from age 8 until 13. The Duchess viewed her brother’s former dormitory, classrooms and the school chapel.

The Duchess also met with alumni who attended Saint Ronan’s between 1959 and 1964.

After his shocking and sudden death this past April, Camilla was invited by Saint Ronan’s Headmaster, Mr William Trelawny-Vernon, to dedicate the new sports pitch which will be called the ‘Shandy-Ba’, as Mr Shand was known at school.

After viewing the AstroTurf pitch slated to be completed later this year, The Duchess unveiled a commemorative plaque in front of gathered pupils.

Camilla then joined children taking part in a Latin tutorial and a Design Technology class.

Founded in 1883 in Worthing, Saint Ronan’s is a coeducational and boarding prep school. The school moved to its present location in Hawkhurst, Kent in 1946.

Camilla then embarked on the second event of the day, a visit to Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden.

One of the country’s leading wine producers, Chapel Down was founded in 2001.

In 2011, The Duchess of Cornwall became Patron of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Both Charles and Camilla are keen supporters of home-grown British produce. This was her first visit to Chapel Down Winery.

The Duchess toured all aspects of the production process from picking the chardonnay vines through to pressing and bottling. Camilla also attended a reception, met with guests and signed the visitor’s book.

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