It was a busy day for The Duchess of Cornwall, as she carried out a series of engagements in Sussex yesterday.
On her first stop, the Duchess, accompanied by her sister Annabel Elliot, visited the new Dream Centre at Chailey Heritage Foundation to open their new therapy centre. The organisation provides education, care and transition services for young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs.
— Simon Jenkins (@SussexSimon) October 17, 2019
There, Camilla and Annabel planted a tree in honour of their mother, Rosalind Shand, who was a volunteer at the charity for more than a decade.
Speaking about Rosalind, the Duchess said: “My mother was a volunteer here for 17 years. She loved this place, and she loved the children and loved the people she worked with.”
“I know she would be so proud to know that Chailey has gone from strength to tstrenght and that this amazing new Dream Centre is now in action.”
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall planting an apple tree with her sister as their family ties with Chailey Heritage continue @ClarenceHouse @RoyalFamily #sussex #disability #inclusive #dreamcentre #officialopening pic.twitter.com/gpRQU7aQUY
— Chailey Heritage (@ChaileyHeritage) October 17, 2019
In her role as president, The Duchess of Cornwall then visited the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft to view their new Typography exhibition ‘Kitchling in Ditchling’. Camilla also spent time looking at the ‘Disruption, Devotion + Distributism’ exhibition, featuring more than 400 of the local publisher’s pamphlets and posters.
The museum displays local works, allowing visitors to see artwork in the place where they were made.
The Duchess also met a happy mother who held her newborn daughter, and school pupils who were using the museum’s Clore Learning Space as part of the after school Museum Club.
Her Royal Highness meets school children in the museum’s Clore Learning Space. ? pic.twitter.com/M37VMj0Kek
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) October 17, 2019
After that, Her Royal Highness visited the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex and Surrey to mark the 10th year anniversary since Camilla’s first visit to the organisation in November 2009. There, The Duchess of Cornwall had a sit down talk with survivors of sexual violence.
This is a sensitive topic that the future Queen Consort has been working to raise awareness about for a number of years.
On her last stop, Camilla visited a new winery at Bolney Wine Estate, the award winning wine estate is now being run by third generation members of the family.
There, the Duchess was given a tour to the vineyards and met staff, guests and school children from the Bolney Primary school.
Later on, the Duchess of Cornwall unveiled a plaque before enjoying a wine tasting session. She takes an interest in British winegrowers, as president of Wine GB.
We’re very proud to have today welcomed Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall to officially open our new winery. Sam Linter, our MD and Head Wine Maker, enjoyed the opportunity to show HRH our new winery whilst discussing their common interest for English wine @BolneySam pic.twitter.com/9Q9oYtmUS1
— Bolney Wine Estate (@Bolneyestate) October 17, 2019