The Duke (Prince Charles) and Duchess of Cornwall yesterday undertook a second day of engagements in Cornwall and Devon, carrying out three engagements in total.
The day started off at the the headquarters of Ginsters Bakery in Callington. Ginsters are, this year, celebrating its 50th anniversary and the royal pair helped them to do so today.
During a garden party, Camilla got her hands dirty when she attempted to make her own Cornish pasty, a Cornish staple. While The Duchess was reassured by one of the chefs looking on that he pasty was “superb”, she said herself that it was “wibbly wobbly”. (We doubt anyone would complain about eating a Cornish pasty made by a Royal, no matter how it looked!)
The Duchess was shown how to make a traditional Cornish pasty by Ginsters baker Toby! pic.twitter.com/4GrURjvziZ
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) July 16, 2019
But it was not all just pastries and ingredients, the couple also got to see a professional drivers suit up close. Team Toyota GB are sponsored by Ginsters and they were also there to celebrate the occasion.
Following the garden party, the couple moved on to their next engagement – which was also food based! The Prince Of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Tavistock in West Devon where they attended the Tavistock Community Festival Of Food And Crafts.
The couple were there to celebrate the town’s recent restoration of its historic buildings and spent time viewing and tasting local produce. The Prince Of Wales was seen tasting an alcoholic beverage and smelling produce in a brown paper bag.
Charles was very animated at the festival, even having a laugh with some chefs on stilts. He also spoke with members of the public who had gathered to catch a glimpse of himself and his wife.
For the last engagement of the day, and after a outfit change for the Duchess, the couple were back in Cornwall! They were in attendance at a reception at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel which celebrated his 50th year as chairman of the Duchy of Cornwall.
The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate which was established by Edward III in 1337 to provide independence to his son Prince Edward, who was his heir. A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest son of the Monarch, meaning the heir to the throne.
Today, The Duchy of Cornwall extends across 21 counties in both England and Wales and Charles is the longest serving Duke of Cornwall in the Duchy’s history. The revenue from the Duchy is used to fund the public, private and charitable activities of himself, his wife and his children and their families.
In recent times we have seen Charles’ eldest son William, who will be the next Duke of Cornwall, take more interest in the Duchy in preparation for his future role, attending meetings at Clarence House and even hosting meetings at his London residence of Kensington Palace.
The Prince addressed the guests at the outdoor reception in the gardens of the Duchy Nursery before mingling with guests with the Duchess. All those in attendance were former or current tenants of the Duchy.
Today was the final day of the couple’s three-day visit. They will help to celebrate the centenary of Gregory Distribution and also visit Exmoor National Park – more here.