1st 5th July 2013
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will celebrate the best of Welsh culture, come face to face with the TARDIS and continue to highlight the excellent work being done by their charities during their annual summer visit to Wales.
As Patron of the ‘Dylan Thomas 100’ Festival, The Prince of Wales, with The Duchess, will mark Dylan Thomas’s centenary year by visiting the boat house in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire where he wrote many of his major works. The Duchess will visit the largest independent publishing house in Wales, Gomer Press, and Their Royal Highnesses will promote sustainable Welsh food and local sourcing by visiting the Rhug Estate Farm Shop in Denbighshire and the Farmer’s Co-operative in Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil.
A highlight of the week will be a visit by Their Royal Highnesses to the set of BBC One drama ‘Doctor Who’ in Cardiff to mark the programme’s 50th anniversary. The Prince and The Duchess will meet the Doctor, played by actor Matt Smith, his companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman and some of his most famous adversaries at the home of BBC Cymru Wales drama, Roath Lock studios.
Once again their annual summer visit will be an opportunity for the couple to highlight the work of their charities. The Prince of Wales will open a new Prince’s Trust Cymru headquarters in Cardiff and will tour Coed Darcy, a regeneration project in Neath, South Wales which The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community has worked on.
The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the charity Emmaus, will visit one of their shops in Porthcawl which raises money to help formerly homeless people. Her Royal Highness will then tour the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Swansea, as well as the city’s Loans and Savings Abertawe Credit Union.
A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘The Prince and The Duchess always enjoy their annual visit to Wales and this year they are looking forward to a varied programme of engagements including everything from Dylan Thomas’s Boat House to Doctor Who’s TARDIS! Their Royal Highnesses are also keen to highlight the vital work being done across Wales by some of the charities they are involved with.’
During Wales Week, The Prince and The Duchess will stay at their Welsh home ‘Llwynywermod’ near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, where Their Royal Highnesses will host a folk evening and where The Duchess will hold a tea party for children involved with Dreams and Wishes a charity which supports seriously ill children.
Other notable engagements during Wales Week include the Welsh launch - at Ebbw Fawr Learning Centre, Gwent - of ‘Teach First’, a charity which places top graduates in schools, and a visit to ‘The Prince of Wales’ Inn in Kenfig, which has been at the heart of the local community for over 500 years.