Today The Prince of Wales carried out engagements in Herefordshire.

The Prince visited Ross-on-Wye to officially launch the Gilpin 2020 Festival, an event that celebrates the town’s role as the birthplace of British tourism. 

Upon arrival His Royal Highness was greeted by a giant hedgehog, one of the ancient symbols of Ross-on-Wye.  

The Prince meeting a Ross-on-Wye hedgehog

The Prince then met a range of local voluntary and charitable organisations, as well as environment groups, and toured a local producers’ market sampling Herefordshire produce.


The Prince greeted members of the public who had gathered in the town from the balcony of the Market Hall.


Local schoolchildren from Walford Primary School performed a special dance, celebrating 26 years of civic twinning between Ross-on-Wye and Namutumba, Uganda.


Before departing, His Royal highness lit a torch to formally open the Gilpin 2020 Festival.

His Royal Highness lights a torch in Ross-on-Wye to launch the Gilpin 2020 Festival

Earlier in the day His Royal Highness visited ETL Systems, a global technology company which has won three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for their innovative products.

The Prince met members of staff who are involved in the manufacture of their products and watched demonstrations of the company’s products in action.