Flags, cheering crowds and umbrellas aplenty! The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Launceston this morning to be greeted by flocks of locals and visitors keen to catch a glimpse of Their Royal Highnesses - and would it really be a summer in Cornwall without a good few gallons of rain?
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Launceston today (Tuesday, 19th July) as part of
their royal tour to mark Prince Charles’ 70th anniversary year as the Duke of Cornwall. They also visited Trefrank Farm at St Clether today, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Innovative Farmers’ Programme.
Arriving in Launceston just before 11am, the Duke and Duchess were greeted by hundreds of people cheering and waving flags as they lined the streets of the Square. They were led around the Royal Market, browsing stalls of beautiful local produce, handmade gifts and quirky crafts - with the Duchess even coming away with a stunning copper clay bowl from Ben McManigan Ceramics, based in Polyphant.
The Duke and Duchess were then treated to a dance performance by school children from the area before finishing their visit with a plaque unveiling. Local children Daisy and Thomas presented Their Royal Highnesses with flowers, a final gift from Lanson, before departing to the next leg of their tour at St Clether.
The last time the Duke visited Launceston was in 2006, and the Duchess visited in 2011.
The businesses and organisations involved in the market were all delighted to showcase their products to the Duke and Duchess. Many thanks to Miss Ivy Events and Launceston Town Council for organising such a wonderful event for the community.
After such a tough couple of years and much uncertainty, there is no doubt that the royal visit will have touched the lives of many people in the community today, and allowed people to make special memories to hold dear to them for years to come.
Read the full article in your autumn issue of Launceston Life magazine, coming this September…