The Duchess of Cornwall has spent the day in Bath, where she carried out her first two engagements of the week.
On her first stop, the Duchess opened the new Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and Brownsword Therapies Centre, at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
The new facility is an outpatient centre providing treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition.
Since June 1999, more than £20 million has been raised by The Forever Friends Appeal, the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals. The institution helps to pay for additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as ‘extras’ that complements the quality care at the hospitals.
While visiting the organisation, Camilla met the centre’s staff and elderly residents of Bath, who were there waiting therapy. She also met a young boy, who gifted the Duchess with a charming bouquet of autumnal flowers with yellow roses.
The Duchess of Cornwall also visited The Bath Soft Cheese Company, which is a family run business based at Park Farm in Kelston.
During the visit, Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Hugh Hadfield, toured the farm and the cheese-making facilities, as well as the storage room right before tasting some of the company’s cheeses.
The Padfields family, the company’s owner, began making cheese on the farm in the early 1990s and now produce four signature cheeses: the Bath Soft Cheese, the Wyfe of Bath, the Merry Wyfe (washed in cider) and the 2014 World Champion Bath Blue Cheese.
The Duchess of Cornwall was also shown by Hugh and Graham Hadfield, father and son, the different types of cheese the company produced.
Whilst there, the Duchess met pupils from St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, who were also visiting the Company and having fun while colouring at a table. The company offers free tours to schools and is keen to teach children about the origins of their food, from milking to packaging.
At the end of the visit, The Duchess of Cornwall was gifted with a box of four cheeses and said referring to Prince Charles that: “He’s away in Japan at the moment, but I might be a good wife and keep it to share with him on his return.”
The Prince of Wales is representing The Queen at the enthronement of the new Emperor of Japan.
During the visit, HRH meets schoolchildren who have been learning about the origins of cheese, from milking to packaging. The @BathSoftCheese farm boasts its own cheese shop, café and nature trail, as well as viewing gallery above the milking parlour. pic.twitter.com/a2rKK4rYMX
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