The Duchess of Cornwall views a floral display at the Bees for Development Garden Party in June 2019

To mark World Bee Day, The Duchess of Cornwall has today sent her first message as President of Bees for Development. The charity works to improve people’s lives through beekeeping, providing information free of charge to beekeepers in over 130 countries around the world which in turn supports the livelihoods of disadvantaged people. 

In her message, Her Royal Highness said, “As we all know, bees are vital to the natural world and essential part of our fragile ecology. Keeping bees and harvesting is an old-age tradition, but this remarkable charity has found a way to use the busy bee to help alleviate poverty and encourage biodiversity.” 

In June 2019 The Duchess attended the Bees for Development Garden Party at Marlborough House in London where she met Dr Kwame Aidoo, Head of Bees for Development Ghana. He spoke to Her Royal Highness about the work the organisation does in West Africa and beyond and invited The Duchess to try her hand at weaving a beehive. 

In the film released by Bees for Development today, Dr Aidoo says, “Your Royal Highness, I am very pleased to welcome you as our President of Bees for Development. This gives a real boost to our work which extends sustainable beekeeping to rural communities around the world.”

The Duchess of Cornwall keeps nine hives at her home in Wiltshire and every year the honey from these hives is harvested to sell for charity. This year, the funds from the sale will benefit Bees for Development.

The Prince of Wales is also a keen beekeeper and was given hives for his 70th birthday.

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund has also supported many bumblebee research and protection projects in recent years. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Oxford University’s Plant Sciences Department have both received grants to support their important work in this field. To find out more about the work of the fund visit: