Countess of Wessex to Attend CHOGM Spouses’ Programme Event

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The Countess of Wessex will attend a CHOGM Spouses’ Programme event at Kew Gardens

Friday 20th April 2018

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will attend a CHOGM Spouses’ Programme event at Kew Gardens on the morning of Friday 20th April, 2018. The Spouses’ Programme is an opportunity for the spouses and partners of the Heads of Government to meet informally, celebrating the strong ‘people to people’ links of the Commonwealth.

On arrival The Countess will proceed to the orangery, where HRH and the other guests will be given an introductory talk on the gardens, an overview of Kew involvement in The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, and the Commonwealth flora trail. The Countess, spouses and partners will meet children from four local schools and see examples of their Commonwealth related art project, before looking at displays showcasing Kew’s collaborative work in Commonwealth countries.

The Countess, spouses and partners will then undertake a tour of Kew, seeing examples of Commonwealth flora and fauna, including in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Following a tour of the gardens Her Royal Highness will be invited to plant a tree commemorating the visit, before attending a Commonwealth ‘Big Lunch’. Commonwealth Big Lunches are taking place in countries throughout the Commonwealth, bringing people together to celebrate what we have in common. Organised in partnership with the Eden Project, the first lunch was held on 12 March and they will end on 22 April. Each year the Eden Project runs the ‘Big Lunch’, which aims to encourage as many people as possible to have lunch with members of their community once a year to share food and encourage friendship.

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