Today was an incredibly busy day for Prince Charles who, as patron and president of various associations, visited Tattershall Castle in Lincoln, Louth Livestock Market, Freshtime UK Ltd, Age UK’s Boston office, and The Holy Trinity Church, Tattershall.
for the launch of the Farm Resilience Programme, Freshtime UK Ltd, Age UK’s Boston office, as patron, and The Holy Trinity Church, Tattershall, as president of The Lincolnshire Churches Trust and patron the Almshouse Association.
On the first stop on his visit to Lincolnshire, The Prince of Wales visited Louth Livestock Market for the launch of the Farm Resilience Programme in Lincolnshire. He was escorted into the cattle pen where he gave a short speech to mark the launch of the programme. Prince Charles was seen laughing as he was surrounded by cows as he gave his speech.
The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is held in 15 locations each year, having been launched by Charles in 2016. The project has been designed to help farmers improve their businesses and make them more sustainable.
Before he left, the Prince toured the market, meeting more school children, a young female cadet who opened the car door for him and saluted, as well as numerous cows and sheep waiting to be sold.
It was then on to Tattershall Castle in Lincoln. As President of The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, Prince Charles was at the castle to commemorate the anniversary of its listing in the National Trust register.
The building is a moated 15th century red-brick castle, and was saved from demolition in 1911 after years of neglect. Heritage and conservation are areas that Charles works in, being passionate about saving history, as he did at Dumfries House.
The royal visitor was joined by a group of school children from Highlees Primary School, in Peterborough, all wearing crowns that they had made to welcome the Prince.
The children had all written letters to Buckingham Palace and Charles made sure that he collected as many of the letters as possible to take back to palace on his return to London. The school children met the future King by coincidence – they had been studying kings and queens and booked a trip to the castle months ago; the Year 2 teacher received an email last week from Tattershall telling her that their visit would coincide with the Prince’s visit.
— Tattershall Castle (@NTTattershall) March 19, 2018
One pupil said: “We gave him our letters, we wrote questions about what it is like to be a King and what it is like in Buckingham Palace.”
Another said: “It was amazing (to meet Prince Charles).”
Charles was taken on a tour of the castle by Maggie Everington, visitor experience manager, where he admired historic graffiti etched into the stone walls and viewed tapestries, before climbing to the very top of the castle to take in the views of Coningsby and Tattershall towns.
Following his tour of the castle, Prince Charles visited the nearby Holy Trinity Church, as president of the Lincolnshire Churches Trust and patron the Almshouse Association, where he was greeted by more cheering school children and The Rev Sue Allison.
Pupils from Tattershall Primary presented Prince Charles with a homemade bat box, similar ones of which will be used to house the hundreds of bats which call Holy Trinity Church home.
Thank you Prince Charles @ClarenceHouse for visiting Holy Trinity Church. Our children were delighted to welcome you to Linconlshire and present you with a bat box for your garden. They were thrilled that you had time to talk to them too. #TeamTattershall #royalvisit pic.twitter.com/jixKf6p3YY
— Tattershall Primary (@TattershallPri) March 19, 2018
Never one to turn down an opportunity, the Royal tried his hand at bell ringing – to the amusement of the watching bell ringers -before enjoying a cup of tea with some of the congregation.
Rev Allison said: “It was an absolute honour and pleasure to meet him and show him our wonderful church.
“It is a real honour to think he would want to come to our beautiful church.”
Another stop for The Prince of Wales was Freshtime UK, a local food producer and one of the country’s largest growers of fresh carrots. It is no wonder then, that Charles was photographed closely inspecting a freshly-picked purple carrot, sniffing it to find out if it smelled differently to an orange carrot. He then broke the carrot in half and had a further sniff.
One thing Prince Charles is passionate about is good quality food, and he promotes local and organic produce where possible. This of course is beneficial to the environment, leaving out chemicals and the shorter distances the food needs to travel.
The organisation is also working on non-plastic packaging for food, to help stop polluting the planet, especially the seas. The Queen’s eldest son campaign’s on this issue, and has recently spoken out about the state of the ocean.
As he walked down Boston high street, a brave woman leaned forward and gave the Prince a kiss on the cheek – which is, of course, not in line with the norms of royal protocol, and would have worried his security detail!
On the final visit of the day, HRH stopped off at Age UK’s Boston Office; he is patron of the organisation. Here, he was again met by school children, this time from Boston’s Carlton Road Academy, and spoke to staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, and other organisations linked to the charity which looks after Britain’s elderly citizens, plus members of the local Romanian community who had been invited to the event.
Barbara O’Neill, a 63-year old community services officer for Age UK Boston, said of Charles: “I thought he was very gracious in that he took time with everybody. He didn’t rush. He had a word with everybody.”
Yet again, The Prince of Wales proved that he is perhaps the hardest working Royal and is not afraid to meet his fans – even if some of them are huge bulls in the cattle pen!
Below is a round-up video of Charles’ day:
The Prince of Wales discussed recyclable and alternative packaging options at a factory visit during a tour of Lincolnshire on Monday. The Prince also visited a cattle market to launch his famring resilience scheme pic.twitter.com/TseMJTMyiy
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 19, 2018