The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales had a jam-packed day of engagements in Merseyside yesterday, attending several joint events before going solo to visit other organisations in the area. During the latter part of their trip, the couple visited a local library, a hospice, and even an Instagram hot spot.
The duchess struck her best social media influencer pose as she stopped by the “For All Liverpool’s Liver Birds” mural in the Baltic Triangle. Created by street artist Paul Curtis, the piece is a favourite of those in the city looking to get the perfect profile photo. Camilla met with the artist and his family before posing in front of the wings.
The trendy Baltic Triangle neighbourhood of Liverpool where the mural is located was once an industrial area, and Camilla met with young entrepreneurs to learn about its regeneration.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles headed to the Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool. He has been patron of the Marie Curie charity since 2003 – it provides care for people living with terminal illnesses and their families.
The prince met with patients, nurses, and volunteers at the facility, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To honour the occasion, Prince Charles cut a cake made by restaurateur Simon Rimmer. He also met actor and Marie Curie Ambassador Alison Steadman.
The royal visit to Merseyside was rounded off with an engagement for the Duchess of Cornwall at the Liverpool Central Library. She visited in her role as patron of Coram Beanstalk, a charity that recruits and supports volunteers to work with children who are struggling with their reading. The engagement was in honour of the organisation’s Story Starters programme and their partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to support early childhood literacy.
The Story Starters scheme aims to give children aged three to five the support and skills they need to develop their language and reading skills and get ready for school. During her visit, the duchess read the book “Shark in the Park” to local schoolchildren and met with volunteers.
The cause is close to Camilla, an enthusiastic reader who supports many literacy and literature organisations as patron.