The Prince and The Duchess visit Wales

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Wales from 2nd - 6th July. Stay up to date with the visit on social media by following @ClarenceHouse on Twitter and Instagram.

Day five

Beginning the final day of the Royal visit to Wales, The Prince met pupils and staff at Ysgol San Siôr Primary School in Llandudno. The school has a busy environmental programme with the children taking care of chickens, bees and reptiles.

Next, His Royal Highness travelled to Bodsygallen Hall, a National Trust property, to attend PRIME Cymru's annual awards ceremony.

The charity was set up by The Prince of Wales to provide older people with employment support and the annual awards recognise their achievements.

His Royal Highness then travelled to Llangernyw, Abergele to visit St Digain Church and meet members of the local community. The churchyard includes a yew tree that is believed to be thousands of years old and was designated as one of 50 Great British Trees to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Jubilee in 2002.

The final stop of the day was at Gwydir Castle situated in the Conwy Valley, in the foothills of Snowdonia. The Prince of Wales previously visited the castle in 1998 and today viewed the restoration work that has been undertaken during the last twenty years.

Day four

The Prince of Wales began day three of the visit to Wales at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan hospital for a Garden Party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The hospital is named after the NHS's founder, Aneurin Bevan and serves the local population of Blaenau Gwent with general inpatient and mental health beds as well as radiology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Jessica Thomas, 33, a clinical specialist physiotherapist, spoke to The Prince and said, "He was lovely.

She described the visit as "absolutely wonderful" and said it had provoked much excitement among staff.

The next stop of the day for His Royal Highness was the 900 year old Tretower Court medieval manor house in Crickhowell where The Prince met staff, volunteers and supporters.

His Royal Highness continued to the restored former Corn Exchange, which was saved by a local group from being turned into a supermarket. It now houses independent shops, affordable housing, and a cafe.

After unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion, The Prince said, "Having had the chance to visit all the new enterprises here and one of the residents of the new flats, I can say how impressed I am by the way so many of you invested in making this possible."

Finally, The Prince of Wales travelled to Abergavenny to see Llwyn Celyn, a Landmark Trust House which has been recently restored. His Royal Highness toured the renovated building and met craftspeople who had been involved in the restoration. The Prince of Wales has been Patron of the Landmark Trust since 1993.

His Royal Highness also spoke to farmers and grazers who live, work and manage livestock in the area at a meeting of the Black Mountain Land Use Partnership.

Day three

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began the third day of their visit to Wales at Llandovery Railway Station to mark 150 years of the Heart of Wales railway line, renowned as one of the most beautiful journeys in the UK.

Their Royal Highnesses travelled along the line from Llandovery to Builth Road, saying hello to well wishers along the way.  The Prince of Wales had previously visited in 2011 to open the refurbished station house's gallery and café.

The next stop of the day was the market town of Builth Wells where Their Royal Highnesses opened the newly-renovated Strand Hall. The Prince and The Duchess met local farmers and school children and were treated to performances from the Builth Wells male voice and ladies' choirs.

His Royal Highness continued to Brecon Beacons National Park where he met young people taking part in the 'Get into Rural Skills' programme led by The Prince's Trust, which aims to prepare young people for employment in the many rural industries that operate locally.

Day two

To begin day two of the Royal visit to Wales, Their Royal Highnesses met residents in the village of Llangwm.

Llangwm is celebrating its annual festival fortnight which celebrates the wide range of skills, sport and talent in the village and also aims to boost the village’s strong sense of community.

The Prince and The Duchess then visited the Dyfed Shire Horse Farm, a family run enterprise that has been breeding the Dyfed bloodline of Shire Horses for almost 40 years on a farm that has been in the family since 1849. The Duchess toured the farm and rode in a traditional carriage. 

Next, The Prince of Wales visited St. Gwenog's Church, Llanwenog, and viewed their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. Joseph Reubens made Wales his home in 1914, and his carvings can still be seen on the walls of the church in the town. The Prince met members of the congregation and local groups including the Young Farmers. 

Day one

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began a week-long visit to Wales today. 

Their Royal Highnesses began the visit meeting bridge staff at the Second Severn Crossing, which is being renamed to mark The Prince’s 70th birthday. This was followed by a reception hosted jointly by the UK and Welsh governments to celebrate business links between the two nations.

During a speech, The Prince said: “As my wife and I begin our annual week of Summer engagements in Wales today, I hope those of you from the Eastern side of the Severn will forgive me if I just say for a moment what an immense privilege it is to be associated with this remarkable land, whose name I have been so proud to bear for the past 60 years.”

Read His Royal Highnesses’ speech in full.

The Prince and The Duchess then attended an event to mark the 90th anniversary of the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (G.A.V.O.).

G.A.V.O. works to promote volunteering and charitable activity, and Their Royal Highnesses were introduced to local groups including scouts and cubs. 

To end the day, The Prince of Wales viewed the major new exhibition ‘Kizuna: Japan, Wales, Design’ at the National Museum Cardiff. 

The exhibition introduces visitors to how Japanese culture and design has captivated the rest of the world. Many of the works of art on display in the new exhibition have come from Japanese museums and have never been seen in the UK before.