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The Prince of Wales visits Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire

30th June 2014

The Prince of Wales visits Wales

The Prince of Wales visits Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire

The Prince of Wales began his Annual Summer Tour of Wales at a cheesemakers today.

His Royal Highness spent more than an-hour-and-a-half at Caws Cenarth Cheese in Boncath.

After being given a tour of the award winning facility by owner Carwyn Adams, The Prince, who is a great supporter of local sourcing and British farmers, got his hands on a 2.6 kilogramme wheel of Golden Cenarth - which is made with Duchy Cider.

Mr Adams said The Prince had done wonders to champion local producers.

He said: "It was fantastic to have him here today and I was quite impressed about how knowledgeable he was about food.

"The Prince last visited us in 1998, and he was impressed to see how much we had expanded since then."

During his tour of the facility, which produces around 100 tonnes of cheese per day, the Prince was stopped in his tracks at seeing a large photo in the visitor's centre of grandmother Thelma Adams dressed as Cleopatra while in a bath of milk.

The 75-year-old undertook the publicity stunt to highlight the plight of dairy farmers - something The Prince was duly impressed by and congratulated her on.

Mrs Adams added: "He was incredibly charming."

Earlier in the day, The Prince of Wales visited Cnwd Food Company in Cross Hands, and was shown how to smoke fish as well as seeing traditional Welsh fishing boats called coracles.

The small gourmet food business, based just outside Carmarthen, is run by former chef Scott Davis and Kirsty Manning.

After years of working in some of the top restaurants in London and New York, working alongside the likes of Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White, Carmarthenshire-born Mr Davis wanted to come home and create his own dishes his own way.

He said: "Our pates and terrines are made using fresh, local ingredients, such as organic chicken livers, pedigree Welsh pork and wild Dinefwr estate venison."

The Prince of Wales a side of smoked sewin, a local river trout being carved during his visit to the Cnwd Food Company in Llanelli

The Prince of Wales a side of smoked sewin, a local river trout being carved during his visit to the Cnwd Food Company in Llanelli

The business also has a smokery and produces premium coracle caught smoked wild fish.

"The location is very important to us and we take our inspiration and raw ingredients from the countryside."

From there, it was on to Melin Tregwynt woollen mill in Pembrokeshire - a fitting engagement given The Prince is Patron and Founder of the Campaign For Wool, which aims to repopularise wool as a fabric in order to raise the profits for struggling sheep farmers.

His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall later attended an event celebrating the growth of rural heritage in Wales - organised by Creative Skillset Cymru, and was given a lesson in weaving by textiles apprentice and Coleg Sir Gar student Sean Jenkins.

It is now the seventh year since The Prince and The Duchess took up residence at the 192 acre Llwynywermod estate near Llandovery, west Wales.

Every summer they spend a week in Wales, taking on a series of Royal engagements.

The tour continues tomorrow - with six engagements on the Royal itinerary.

Among them is a visit to the newly restored St Illtud's Church in the Vale of Glamorgan and a reception at their Llwynwermod estate to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth.