Charles and Camilla set for South West visit


The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to begin their annual visit to the South West today.

Charles and Camilla will undertake 14 engagements over three days, with the prince - also known as The Duke of Cornwall when in the region - privately visiting Duchy farming tenants and offices.

Local food and drink is one of the themes being celebrated, together with the region's stage and screen talent.

The couple will also recognise some of the environmental and charitable work taking place across the South West.

Their visit will begin at a farmer's market in Penzance, Cornwall, before Camilla celebrates the re-opening of St John's Hall - the largest granite building in the country.

Charles will officially re-open the beachfront Jubilee Swimming Pool, which was seriously damaged in severe storms in February 2014.

Later, Camilla will host a reception for the Lord Lieutenant's Fund for Youth, which provides support for talented young people in Cornwall.

On Tuesday, Charles and Camilla will mark the 25th anniversary of Taste of the West, a membership organisation for food and drink producers, at a food fair in Exeter, Devon.

Camilla will also attend a service of thanksgiving at Exeter Cathedral for more than 700 supporters, staff and families for Children's Hospice South West.

Charles is to visit new residents on an affordable housing development in Bradninch, which has been delivered by The Guinness Trust in partnership with the Duchy of Cornwall.

He will meet representatives of community initiatives supported by the Duchy of Cornwall at Brimpts Farm.

The visit will conclude on Wednesday, when Charles and Camilla will be in Plymouth.

Charles will attend a power plant which converts household waste into energy before meeting Naval personnel at Her Majesty's Naval Base, Devonport.

Meanwhile, Camilla will officially open the new headquarters of BBC South West.