Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall keeping busy on annual visit to Cornwall

Yesterday, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were in Cornwall for the second day for their three-day visit.

While school kids waited with their Union Jack flags, the rain poured down, but that didn’t stop the royal duo from greeting the crowds.

Their day included meeting representatives of Fowey Gig Club, the RNLI and veterans from the Royal British Legion.

The rain cleared up so the two could watch as the Gig race started off, plugging their ears as the horn blew. The Gig race consists of six oarsmen and women to one boat.

On their trip to Cornwall to help promote technologies, environmental issues and farming, they went to visit the Duchy of Cornwall. The duchy was established in 1337 and provides support to the heir to the throne and their family.

During the visit, Prince Charles went into Bookends, a Cornish bookstore where he came across some books by Winston Graham. Graham is the mastermind behind Poldark, which was created into the popular TV series.

While speaking to the bookstore owners, Ann and David Willmore, Prince Charles said: “What I can’t get over watching that Poldark stuff on the television, is just how many he wrote.”

After he left the store, Anne said it was an honour to have Prince Charles visit them, adding: “Poldark books have always been up there in terms of popular Cornish books, and since the television series there’s been an up-surge in interest right across Cornwall.”


The Duchess of Cornwall also came to visit, telling the owners that she just couldn’t resist the bookstore. Camilla is an active campaigner for literacy groups.

Charles and Camilla went to Finisterre, a sustainable manufacturer in surf and outdoor wear. Charles was gifted with a bodyboard made of oak from his Highgrove estate and Camilla a jacket made of recycled products.