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Royal Welsh Show

24th July 2013

The Prince of Wales speaks with Bethan Davies (second left) at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales

The Prince of Wales speaks with Bethan Davies (second left) at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales.

The Prince of Wales announced today at The Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells that more than half a million pounds from one of his charities would be given in grants to help struggling rural communities.

During what is National Countryside Week, The Prince revealed that £564,000 is to be given in grants from The Prince’s Countryside Fund taking the total given to £3.3 million since the Fund launched in 2010.

The Prince of Wales, who is a passionate supporter of rural communities, said, “The point of National Countryside Week is to try and highlight many of the challenges the countryside faces. This year is very special as it falls on the 3rd anniversary of the fund and my grandson’s birthday. 

"I’m delighted to announce £ 564,000 given in new grants, bringing the total given to 3.3 million pounds helping around 55,000 people.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund backs projects that tackle the key issues which negatively impact on rural Britain and strives to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy. As of today, The Prince’s Countryside Fund has donated £3.3 million in grants in just 3 years to over 75 projects across the UK, helping 52,000 people.  Read the press release in full here.

The annual Royal Welsh Show, in Builth Wells, runs over four days and attracts well over 200,000 visitors. It is Europe's biggest agricultural show.

Scorching sunshine greeted The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as they toured the sprawling show site today.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in the Main Ring at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in the Main Ring at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales.

The Prince also met representatives from companies which have just been recognised for their high standards and appointed as Cambrian Mountains Tourism Ambassadors.

The Ambassadors scheme is part of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative (CMI), which was founded by His Royal Highness and aims to help promote rural enterprise, protect the environment and add value to products and services in mid-Wales.

The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the Royal Voluntary Service and visited the Royal Voluntary Service Hut during her tour.

Their Royal Highnesses toured the site, separately and together, and took in the main ring and the food hall and met farmers, rural charities, volunteers and local business owners.

But the recent royal arrival was much in the minds of visitors as congratulations were heaped upon the Royal Couple.

Towards the end of their visit The Prince spied heavily pregnant Bethan Davies.

"He asked me whether I was late and I said 'no' that I am due on Monday," Mrs Davies, from Llangadog, Powys, said.

"He asked if I knew whether it was a girl or a boy and I said 'no it's going to be a surprise'.

"He said that it is nice to be surprised and that they (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) had not known either. They were surprised too."

She said that she was hoping to give birth on the same day as The Duchess, explaining: "It would have been nice to get a silver penny."

Mrs Davies was in an official line-up to meet The Prince as assistant PA to the show's Chief Executive.