The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cumbria next week, according to Kensington Palace, where they will “celebrate the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities in the region.”
William and Kate will travel to Keswick, a market town in Cumbria, next Tuesday where they will meet with people who support the communities in the area.
Their visit includes meeting with volunteers who help out at the local mountain rescue service, first responders, and mental health first aiders, as well as others who benefit from the Cumbria Community Foundation.
The Cumbria Community Foundation works to “address disadvantage by making life-changing grants and promoting philanthropy,” according to its official website.
The Foundation supports 90 funds and over 500 projects per year, and since 1999, has invested over £42 million to support nearly 4,000 groups and 8,000 individuals.
Following their visit in Keswick, William and Kate will travel to a fell sheep farm to meet Cumbrian farmers and “learn about some of the key challenges farmers are facing,” according to Kensington Palace’s press release. There, they will tour the farm and take part in farm activities, including sheep shearing.
William and Kate will also learn about peer support networks that help rural workers and how farms are diversifying.
According to Kensington Palace, Cumbria is home to the “English Lake District, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, and to England’s largest lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike.”
Cumbria’s rural area receives millions of visitors each year, and its Lake District National Park is renowned for its farming, which has taken place in the area for centuries. The Lake District National Park is also the most-visited national park in the United Kingdom and welcomes 15.8 million annual visitors.