Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Cumbria

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.


Tuesday 11th June, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Cumbria on Tuesday 11th June to celebrate the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities in the region.

Their Royal Highnesses will first visit the market town of Keswick where they will join a celebration to recognise the contribution of individuals and local organisations in supporting communities and families across Cumbria. They will meet volunteers including those from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and other organisations that have benefitted from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Before departing Keswick, The Duke and Duchess will spend some time in the Market Square meeting members of the public gathered outside.

Their Royal Highnesses will then visit a traditional fell sheep farm, where they will have the opportunity to meet members of the Cumbrian farming community, and learn about some of the key challenges farmers are facing. They will also hear about the peer support networks helping those in the most rural areas and the innovative ways some farms are diversifying. The Duke and Duchess will then spend time on the farm helping with activities such as sheep shearing.

Cumbria is home to the English Lake District, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, and to England’s largest lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike. The rural county is visited by millions each year, making tourism key to the economy. Farming and agriculture also has a special place in the Lake District National Park, famous for its native Herdwick sheep, and farmers have worked for centuries on some of the most challenging land in the country.

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