Wales Week 2019

Day 5:

On the final day of Their Royal Highnesses’ week in Wales, The Prince visited Yr Ysgwrn, home of the celebrated Welsh war poet Hedd Wyn, who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. In 2017, His Royal Highness attended commemorations to mark the centenary of The Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, at which he read a verse by Robert Williams Parry in praise of Hedd Wyn. 

Following this, His Royal Highness visited Dolgellau Mart to meet farmers who are participating in The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Farm Resilience Programme. The Mart forms part of The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s upcoming three-year project, which will conduct research into the importance of marts such as Dolgellau for local farmers and the local community.

At Mallwyd Church, The Prince of Wales listened to a traditional Welsh Plygain choral service. Plygain is a traditional service of praise in which members of the congregation take turns to sing carols and are unaccompanied by instruments. Following the service, His Royal Highness had the opportunity to meet some of the singers.

To end the day, His Royal Highness met members of the local community and business owners in the market town of Machnylleth. The town was the seat of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh Parliament in 1404, and has been referred to as the "ancient capital of Wales".

Day 4:

To begin their fourth day in Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited The Winding House to see the fully restored Victorian winding engine that used to power the lifts taking workers into the mines below. The Winding House opened in late 2008 and was conceived as a cultural project to support the regeneration the community of New Tredegar.

Following this, Their Royal Highnesses visited White Rose Primary School and heard a performance by the school choir taking part in the Aloud in the Classroom project, which encourages self-belief, self-confidence, and helps develop a sense of community. The Prince also met pupils taking part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, while The Duchess visited the school’s very own radio station.

The Prince of Wales next visited the Llanover Estate, where His Royal Highness toured the historic garden and visited Llanover Village to meet members of the local community. This included the Lady Llanover Society, who highlight the life and achievements of the prominent patron of Welsh arts, tradition and language.

In the meantime, The Duchess visited the new Maggie’s centre in Cardiff. The centre has been developed to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer at Velindre Cancer Centre and to work alongside Maggie’s existing centre in Swansea. Once established, Maggie’s at the Chris McGuigan building is expected to receive up to 20,000 visits a year.

The Duchess of Cornwall also visited New Pathways, a charity offering rape crisis and sexual abuse support services. Over the years, New Pathways has grown and diversified and they now offer a range of counselling, advocacy and support services for women, men, children and young people. Addressing the staff, The Duchess said:

Thank you to everybody at New Pathways and all the SARC centres throughout the country. I have visited a lot of them so I know what wonderful work you do for the victims of sexual abuse. I don’t know where they would be without you.

To end the day, The Prince of Wales visited Maescoed Farm to meet Hayley Hanson, who creates sustainable lather bags and goods and has benefited from The Prince’s Countryside Fund Farm Resilience Programme, of which His Royal Highness is Patron. The programme aims to help family farm businesses who traditionally are hard to reach to improve their confidence, efficiency, and resilience.

Day 3:

Today, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall continued their engagements in Wales by celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swansea’s City status in Victoria Park. The City status was bestowed upon Swansea in 1969 to mark The Prince of Wales’ Investiture. During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses met guests from across the city, as well as representatives from Their Royal Highness’s charities and patronages working in Swansea and across Wales.

Following the celebrations, The Prince went to The Morriston Tabernacle Chapel, which His Royal Highness visited exactly 50 years ago during a tour of Wales following his Investiture. It is thought that the chapel is Wales’ largest and tallest chapel, with its spire standing at 160ft. Addressing the gathered congregation, The Prince said:

I discover to my astonishment that I actually managed to coincide with exactly the same day of the month as 50 years ago when I came. I don’t know about some of you but I find it very hard to know where those 50 years have gone, and whether any of you were here at the time. One or two of you may have been. So for me, perhaps you can imagine, the joy of the moment of walking into this remarkable and famous chapel and hearing this great choir sing that very special hymn was immensely moving and brought several tears to my eyes.

Meanwhile at The Lyric theatre, The Duchess watched a performance by The Carmarthen and District Youth Opera (CDYO), of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. The charity are this year celebrating four decades of musical productions. After the performance, The Duchess met members of the cast and volunteers who help to run the production. 

Her Royal Highness next visited Carmarthen Market, which has recently been named Best Market in Wales by Slow Food Cymru. 

To end the day, The Prince of Wales visited The National Botanic Garden of Wales in his role as Patron. The Garden was officially opened in May 2000, making it the first botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. His Royal Highness met staff and volunteers and learnt more about The National Seed Bank of Wales, which aims to preserve native Welsh plants nearing extinction.

Day 2:

To begin the second day of Their Royal Highnesses’ week in Wales, The Prince visited the South Wales Police Headquarters in celebration of their 50th anniversary. During the visit, His Royal Highness met officers from various units and led a re-dedication of the memorial gardens, which features a series of walls inscribed with names of all colleagues who have died in service since the formation of the force. 

At The Royal Glamorgan Hospital, The Prince launched the Royal College of Nursing Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme. Inspired by His Royal Highness’s idea to help cadets acquire new skills and assist in areas such as healthcare, the scheme offers a blended learning opportunity for youth members aged 16-25yrs, which combines guided learning with clinical observational placement learning, as well as youth activities in the field.

Meanwhile The Duchess of Cornwall, as President of Royal Voluntary Service, visited the Dolau Bran Lunch Club to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary and meet volunteers and members of the local community, who use the lunch club’s services. Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 20,000 volunteers supporting thousands of people each month in hospitals, at home and in the community. 

In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses hosted an evening of music and drama at their Welsh home, Llwynwermod, featuring performances by Wynne Evans, students and musicians of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, of which His Royal Highness is Patron, and Alis Huws, the newly appointed Official Harpist to The Prince of Wales.

Day 1:

To begin Their Royal Highnesses’ annual week in Wales, The Prince of Wales attended a Service of Dedication in his role of Colonel-in-Chief, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, as part of the Regiment’s 60th anniversary. 

The Prince next visited The Prince’s Trust call centre at Nantgarw, where His Royal Highness met those who help over 72,000 young people who get in touch with the charity over the phone, often for the first time. Connect Assist, who partnered with The Trust in 2017, have employed some helpline advisors who have completed a Prince’s Trust programme themselves. 

To end the day, His Royal Highness visited Ty’n-y-Coed Forest to hear of the work done by horse loggers and to hand out The Prince of Wales Trophy to the winner of the British Horse Loggers Woodland Management Award. The British Horse Loggers, of which The Prince is Patron, aim to promote horse logging as a viable and sustainable option within modern forestry, showcasing the benefits to both woodlands and horses.