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Royals to Attend ‘Together At Christmas’ Community Carol Service

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toast marshmallows during a visit to meet students at the 'Christmas at the Castle' event held at Cardiff Castle to hear how they have been supported with their mental health during lockdown, on the final day of a three-day tour across the country.

MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY WILL ATTEND THE ‘TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS’ COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE

Wednesday 8th December 2021

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family, will attend the ‘Together At Christmas’ community carol service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 8th December.

Hosted and spearheaded by the Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the event will pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Filmed for broadcast, the service will provide a moment for the nation to come together and reflect, to think not only of the extraordinary challenges that we have faced, but also to celebrate the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across our nation, the communities pulling together to protect and care for those in need, and those who have stepped up to help others.

Combining traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to encompass people of all faiths and none, the service will feature carols sung by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir alongside musical performances by Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding. It will also incorporate a performance of To The Day, a poignant composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay, and readings delivered by speakers including The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and Kate Garraway.

The event will be broadcast as part of ‘Royal Carols: Together At Christmas’, a special programme which will be aired by ITV at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve. The broadcast will feature additional content including an introduction from the Duchess of Cambridge, videos highlighting the efforts of inspirational organisations, and a special performance by Tom Walker of his new Christmas single For Those Who Can’t Be Here.

Unsung heroes from across the length and breadth of the nation have been invited to attend the service in recognition of their tireless efforts and selfless acts of kindness despite incredibly difficult circumstances. Nominations have been drawn from Lieutenancies across the UK, alongside community networks, charitable organisations and patronages of Her Majesty The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Individuals who the Duke and Duchess have met and spent time with during their recent engagements and project work will also be present, alongside those working in some of the key areas that Their Royal Highnesses and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on. The congregation will also include armed forces personnel who were involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders, and guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated within our society.

The service has been developed and delivered in partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions.

The Duchess of Cornwall Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of The Archers

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The Duchess of Cornwall cuts a ribbon with Jasmine Villa Hospice Chairman Chris Duggan during her visit to the Jasmine Villa Hospice as part of her tour of the Cayman Islands, 2019.

 THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL HOST CELEBRATIONS FOR THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARCHERS AT CLARENCE HOUSE 

Tuesday 7th December 2021 

The Duchess of Cornwall will host a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Archers with members of the current cast, writers, and the production team.

During the reception, Her Royal Highness will meet cast and crew before watching some of the cast perform a new scene, which has been specially written for the reception. Following this, The Duchess will join the cast to cut an Archers-themed 70th birthday cake and will say a few words to mark the anniversary. 

The Duchess of Cornwall 

The Duchess is a long-standing listener to the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, The Archers. In 2011, Her Royal Highness made a cameo appearance as herself in a special episode to mark the 60th anniversary of the show, during a visit to BBC Birmingham. Listen here. 

In 2016, during a reception for survivors of domestic abuse held at Clarence House, The Duchess hailed The Archers for their powerful storyline related to the issue: 

“A new conversation has been starting in a place where many might not have expected it. Thanks to The Archers, millions of people now have some understanding of what living with relentless coercive behaviour is really like and I’m delighted that Louiza Patikas, who plays the unfortunate Helen is here today.” 

In 2001, The Archers celebrated their 50th anniversary at a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at St James’s Palace. In 1984, Princess Margaret became the first member of the Royal Family to take part in the show, whilst marking the centenary of the NSPCC, of which she was President. 

The Archers 

On 1st January 2021, episode number 19,343 of The Archers on BBC Radio 4 marked 70 years of the world’s longest running serial drama and the start of an anniversary year for the programme. A reflection of life in rural England, The Archers has grown from its original purpose of educating farmers on modern agricultural methods, to reflecting present-day rural life – all whilst entertaining listeners with the ebb and flow of the village of Ambridge. 

A SPEECH BY THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AT A RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE ‘THE ARCHERS’ 70TH ANNIVERSARY

CLARENCE HOUSE, TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

Ladies and Gentlemen of Ambridge, it is a huge pleasure to welcome you here today to celebrate The Archers’ 70th birthday (just a few years after mine!).  MBEs, of course, are particularly welcome – ferrets rather less so…  For as long as I can remember, I have loved this programme. It has been my faithful companion for a large part of my life.  Like many other Archers addicts, I have been known to become quite ratty if disturbed between 7:00pm and 7:15pm – and, like thousands of others, had severe withdrawal symptoms when you all-but-disappeared during lockdown!  But I’m very glad you’re back, let’s keep it that way. I was thrilled to be asked to appear in an episode ten years ago – although, not being a noted thespian, I was only entrusted to play myself, with the help of Ian, who is here, and the late, lamented Caroline.     

The broadcasting legend that is “The Archers” was born on 1st January 1951.  It was Dan who uttered the immortal opening line, “And a happy new year to you all”.  The first Archers baby arrived the following month, on 16th February, when Peggy gave birth to Tony.  We must, therefore, also wish Tony a belated happy 70th birthday – unsurprisingly, he found something to be grumpy about even on his special day…  I know we are all sorry that David is unable to be here and send our warmest good wishes to him and his wife.   

The Archers has gone on to become the world’s longest-running drama.  It is famous, of course, for its gentle wit, accurate description of rural life and wonderful characterisation.  But you have never shied away from more challenging topics.  Over the decades, you have tackled homophobia, racism, discrimination, modern slavery, alcohol addiction, domestic violence and coercive control.  Thanks to the light that you have shone on these, and other painful subjects, millions of people now have a better understanding of them – and have been equipped with the tools to respond effectively when they encounter such issues in their own lives.  For 70 years of raising awareness of others’ hidden struggles, we are deeply grateful.   

Now let us look forward to the next 70 years in Ambridge.  Please don’t let anything to hinder your broadcasts.  Remember that, in 1962, which some of us remember quite well, Harold Macmillan was forced to sack members of his Cabinet.  As he did so, he was heard to remark, “Interfering with the Cabinet is as serious as interfering with The Archers”.   

So thank you all very much for coming today, it’s a real pleasure to meet you and to put the names to the faces! Some I would recognise; others don’t quite link up as I imagined. Before anything else, I would like to ask Peggy, the wonderful Peggy, to come and cut a very special Archers cake that we have had made for the occasion. 

Prince William to Appear on Apple Fitness+

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Time to Walk Image Credit: Apple

PRINCE WILLIAM TO APPEAR ON TIME TO WALK ON APPLE FITNESS+

Prince William will feature on audio walking experience from Apple Fitness+ next week.

Time to Walk encourages people to take a walk for their mental and physical health.

Three leading mental health charities to receive charitable donation from Apple.

Prince William will appear on a special festive episode of Time to Walk on Monday 6th December, encouraging people to take some time out and walk for their mental health over the Christmas period.

Time to Walk is an audio walking experience from Apple Fitness+, designed to encourage people to walk more often and reap the mental and physical benefits from one of the healthiest activities. In each episode, guests walk in a location that is meaningful to them, while sharing their reflections on lessons learned, important memories and life experiences, through stories, photos and songs.

Recognising the significant impact that walking has on mental health, and that the Christmas period can be challenging for many, Prince William has chosen three charities to receive a donation from Apple: Shout in the UK, Crisis Text Line in the USA and Lifeline in Australia. Crisis Text Line and Shout provide free, 24/7 confidential support for people in crisis via text, and Lifeline provides free, 24-hour confidential crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Prince William’s walk takes him through the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk – from Sandringham House, past St. Mary Magdalene Church, and ending eventually in Anmer. During the episode, His Royal Highness talks about the importance of keeping mentally fit, reflects on a light-hearted moment when he was drawn out of his comfort zone, the value of listening as a way to empower others, and an experience that led him to prioritise mental health. Prince William also chooses three of his favourite songs and explains why they are important to him.

Apple will stream three special audio airings of the Time to Walk episode for free on Apple Music 1, the flagship global radio station on Apple Music, on Monday 6th December.

Airing 1: 8am London / 12am LA / 7pm Sydney

Airing 2: 8am LA / 4pm London / 3am Sydney

Airing 3: 9pm London / 1pm LA / 8am Sydney (Tuesday 7th December)

The Prince of Wales Visits Royal College of Music to Officially Unveil New Campus

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The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Duchess of Cornwall, meet performers as they host an evening of music and drama at their Welsh home Llwynywermod in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. 2019

THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL VISIT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC TO OFFICIALLY UNVEIL THE NEW CAMPUS 

THURSDAY, 2ND DECEMBER 2021 

The Prince of Wales, President of the Royal College of Music (RCM), will officially unveil the new Royal College of Music campus created by More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music development.

On arrival, His Royal Highness will be greeted by Lord Guy Black, RCM Chairman, Professor Colin Lawson CBE, RCM Director. The RCM Brass Ensemble will play fanfare as The Prince proceeds into the Courtyard Café, accompanied by Lord Black, for the official ceremony. Lord Black will invite His Royal Highness to say a few words and cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the RCM More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music build. The Prince will then watch a short performance by Amy Gille, Tagore medal winner 2021, of Syrinx by Debussy. His Royal Highness will meet guests including building project team members, RCM supporters and SU president. The Prince will then proceed into the gallery to meet students who have performed in the brass fanfare. There will then be a performance in the museum by Apolline Khou of piece n.1 from “Twelve short pieces” by English composer Samuel Wesley (1766-1837). His Royal Highness will be invited to sign the visitors’ book before departing. 

His Royal Highness last visited the Royal College of Music in March 2020. 

The RCM’s More Music development 

The RCM’s More Music development was funded by a £40 million philanthropic campaign, of which HRH The Prince of Wales was Patron. The landmark redevelopment has almost doubled the footprint of the iconic South Kensington site, enhancing opportunities for students and visitors alike. Additions to the campus include the creation of two new performance spaces, a brand-new home for the Royal College of Music Museum, practice rooms for students and a new courtyard and café for students, staff and visitors to enjoy. Each of these additions contributes to an environment in which students can create, research and perform for generations to come. 

The More Music development has provided for an expanded scholarship programme to support the most talented students, regardless of means; improved research and digital capabilities; provided innovative academic initiatives; and offers more opportunities to widen access to classical music through a flourishing community engagement programme. 

About the Royal College of Music 

Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Since its foundation by The Prince of Wales, later Edward Vll, the college has been linked with the Royal Family. Its Patron is currently Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been President since 1993. 

RCM’s 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 55 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future. 

For the sixth consecutive year, the RCM was ranked as the top institution in the UK for Performing Arts in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2021, and top in Europe for the second year running. In a recent Higher Education Statistics Agency survey (2021), of the RCM alumni who graduated in 2019, 86% of survey respondents had moved into employment or further study 15 months after graduating. 

Among their over 9,500 alumni are composers and performers such as Sir Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lord Lloyd Webber, Rebecca Clarke, Anna Meredith, Clemency Burton-Hill, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Sophie Bevan, Louise Alder, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Sir Thomas Allen. Recent honorary doctorates include Sir Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Bryn Terfel, Steve Reich and Maxim Vengerov (Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin). 

The Prince of Wales to Present Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

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Prince Charles speaks with representatives from London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the Changing Lives charity at Newcastle Central Station in Newcastle upon Tyne, November 9, 2021.
Prince Charles speaks with representatives from London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the Changing Lives charity at Newcastle Central Station in Newcastle upon Tyne, November 9, 2021.

 THE PRINCE OF WALES, ON BEHALF OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, WILL PRESENT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH PRIZE FOR ENGINEERING 2021 

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2021 

The Prince of Wales, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, will present the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at St James’s Palace, London

On arrival, His Royal Highness will be greeted by Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman, and Dr. Hayaatun Sillem, CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. The Prince will then meet Professor Sir Jim McDonald, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Professor Dame Lynn Gladden, Chair of the Judging Panel for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. 

His Royal Highness, accompanied by Lord Browne, will watch a short film before The Prince presents the awards to the winners, for their work on light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solid state lighting. 

After the presentation, His Royal Highness will pause for a photograph with the winners before meeting the trophy designer, Miss Hannah Goldsmith, and joining guests at the reception. 

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering 

Since it was first awarded in 2013, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) has become the world’s leading engineering prize, celebrating the engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. The prize, now awarded annually, aims to raise the public profile of engineering and inspire young people to take up the engineering challenges of the future. 

The presentation is the fifth in the life of the prize. The inaugural winners, in 2013, were Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen for developing the internet and the World Wide Web, revolutionising the way we communicate. In 2015, the QEPrize was awarded to Dr Robert Langer for his pioneering work in controlled release large molecule drug delivery systems, which have benefitted the lives of more than 2 billion people worldwide. 

In 2017 Professor Eric Fossum, Dr George Smith, Professor Nobukazu Teranishi and Dr Michael Tompsett, were awarded the Prize for their combined work in developing the modern digital imaging sensor. The 2019 QEPrize was awarded to Dr Bradford Parkinson, Professor James Spilker, Jr, Hugo FrueHauf, and Richard Schwartz for their work on the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

The Winners 

The 2021 laureates, Professor Isamu Akasaki, Professor Shuji Nakamura, Professor Nick Holonyak Jr, Dr M. George Craford and Professor Russell Dupuis are recognised not only for the global impact of LED and solid state lighting but also for the tremendous contribution the technology has made, and will continue to make, to reducing energy consumption and addressing climate change. 

Professor Akasaki sadly passed away in April this year. He will be represented at the ceremony by his son-in-law, Dr Kazuaki Takahashi. Professor Holonyak is unable to travel due to Covid restrictions. 

LEDs and solid state lighting 

Solid state lighting technology has changed how we illuminate our world. It can be found everywhere from digital displays and computer screens to handheld laser pointers, automobile headlights and traffic lights. Today’s high-performance LEDs are used in efficient solid state lighting products across the world and are contributing to the sustainable development of world economies by reducing energy consumption. 

Visible LEDs are now a global industry predicted to be worth over $108 billion by 2025 through low cost, high efficiency lighting. LED lighting is 75% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs and is playing a crucial role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 

LED bulbs last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and their large-scale use reduces the energy demand required to cool buildings. For this, they are often referred to as the ‘green revolution’ within lighting. 

The 2021 QEPrize Create the Trophy Competition 

The Create the Trophy competition, open to young people aged between 14 and 24 around the world, seeks innovative trophy designs to be presented to the winners of the QEPrize. The competition, initially open only to UK entrants, went global in 2017 and the 2021 contest received over 2500 entries, from more than 50 countries. 

This year’s winner is 21-year old student Hannah Goldsmith from the UK. Her winning design combines elegance and complexity, and it draws inspiration from the circuit boards on which much engineering is done. Hannah is currently in her final year of a degree course in Design for Publishing. 

The Prince and Engineering 

The Prince of Wales has a longstanding interest in encouraging more young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. His Royal Highness inspired the creation of the Industrial Cadets, which help provide workplace experiences for young people. 

In 2017, The Prince opened the Morphy Richards Engineering Centre at Dumfries House in Scotland to provide indoor and outdoor STEM learning experiences for primary and early secondary students. 

The Duchess of Cambridge to Host Community Carol Service

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The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. 2018

THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO HOST COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE

Wednesday, 8th December

The Duchess of Cambridge will host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 8th December, supported by The Royal Foundation, to recognise and celebrate the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who have stepped up to support their communities through the pandemic.

Spearheaded by the Duchess, the service will be a celebration of life in our communities, and illustrate how acts of kindness, empathy and love can nurture and reconnect us. Filmed for broadcast, it will be a moment for the nation to come together and look back on the last eighteen months, to think not only of the unprecedented challenges that we have all faced as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to remember the positives: people and organisations pulling together in their communities, the small acts of kindness across different demographics and generations, and the unsung heroes who stepped up to help others.

The event will bring together inspirational individuals from across the UK who have gone above and beyond to care for and protect those in need during the pandemic. They will be joined by those working in some of the key areas that Her Royal Highness and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on, including promoting the importance of mental health, supporting families and driving awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years. Guests will range from those involved in grassroots community initiatives, charity workers and volunteers, to teachers, emergency responders and armed forces personnel.

The congregation will also include guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated in our communities – including people with limited social connections, the recently bereaved or those without their own homes.

The service will feature carols performed by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir alongside readings and musical performances by a variety of guests, blending traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to encompass people of all faiths and none. It will also incorporate poignant personal reflections, exploring how lockdown reminded us about the importance of human connection and what it means, as families, communities and as a nation, to be together and to feel united to help one another through times of hardship or uncertainty.

The service has been developed and delivered in partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions, who will produce the carol service for broadcast by ITV as part of a special programme in December.

The Prince of Wales Attends Hedgelaying Event

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73rd birthday of the Prince of Wales

THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL ATTEND A HEDGELAYING EVENT 
HIGHGROVE ESTATE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

Saturday, 4th December 2021 

The Prince of Wales, Patron the National Hedgelaying Society, will host a Patron’s Day of hedgelaying on the Highgrove estate and watch hedgelayers at work.

The Prince of Wales will meet competitors taking part in the Patron’s National Hedgelaying Society event and watch them at work before meeting them at a short reception before presenting awards. 

There will be around 50 hedgelayers taking part in the Patron’s competition. The hedges will be laid in different styles including Welsh style, Midlands style and the South of England style. There will also be a number of junior novice cutters taking part. 

As Patron of the Hedgelaying Society, His Royal Highness is a supporter of the traditional craft that they undertake in order to maintain the hedges around the United Kingdom.

Hedges are a crucial part of the United Kingdom’s landscape, offering homes and sanctuary for many of the countryside’s birds and animals. There are different styles of hedgelaying across the UK depending upon climate, farming practice and trees and shrubs in the area. There are 11 styles of hedgelaying across the UK. 

It is estimated that more than half our hedgerows have been lost since World War Two and many are in a poor state of repair. 

Hedgerow management 

The management of hedgerows is extremely important and requires planning. Many hedgerows are in an extremely poor state. Hedges need to be laid properly and steps taken including replanting, thinning and coppicing to ameliorate problems of gaps, sparse stems, knuckles and height issues. Life-cycles need to be recognised to encourage rejuvenation and renew growth and to encourage and support wildlife. 

Hedges 

The hedgerow is the hidden hero of the countryside, Britain’s biggest nature reserve. Hedgerows form an important and attractive part of lowland farmed areas of the UK. They also provide a very important habitat for a wide range of species and often link together different areas of habitat. Bats, birds and butterflies all use hedges as corridors for flight. They are a good source of food, providing berries for birds and nectar sources for butterflies and insects. Birds also use hedges to nest in and hedgerow trees as song posts. Hedgerows also provide a home for a range of small mammals. Hedgerows tend to exist in landscapes defined as ‘Enclosed Farmland’ which comprises 40% of UK land area and supplies the majority of the UK’s food. 

Over 1500 species of insects have been recorded as living or feeding in hedgerows. 

About 42% of our hedges, or about 154,000 km are ancient (pre-1720) and/or species rich (containing 5 or more native woody species in a 30 metre length, or 4 or more in Northern England and upland Wales). Theses hedges are predominantly seen in South England, especially in the South West or West Wales. 

New hedge planting began in Roman times and continued through to the mid 18th Century when the Enclosures Act encouraged much hedge planting, especially around the Midlands area. 

Some hedges date from the bronze and iron ages, 2,000 -4000 years ago, when woodland was cleared to make fields. These oldest hedges often form parish boundaries. 

Loss of hedgerows 

Loss of hedgerows has been identified as a factor in the decline of many plant and animal species traditionally associated with farmland. Reasons for hedge loss include changes in farming practices, development, damage caused by straw and stubble burning (banned since 1992), spray drift, neglect and indiscriminate trimming. The losses of managed hedges appear to have been halted in the mid-1990s, as a result of hedgerow incentive schemes. Although the net length of hedges now appears stable or possibly increasing, newly created or restored hedges may not have the same value in terms of wildlife, landscape and historical significance as long-established hedgerows. English and Welsh legislation does currently protect hedgerows of key importance. There are now 402,000 km of managed hedgerow in England. It has been estimated that if you planted 1 tree into every 20 metres of hedgerow in the UK, you’d have planted 40 million trees. 

Ash Dieback 

Ash is a highly important species within the UK’s hedgerows and accounts for about 10% of the nation’s estimated 123 million “non-woodland” trees. Chalara, or Ash Dieback, and loss of ash from farmlands will particularly affect hedgerow trees, small copses and hedgerows. A 2020 study suggests that some types of environment help block the spread of ash dieback disease, which threatens millions of ash trees in the UK. Landscapes with hedgerows and woods made up of several types of tree resisted the pathogen better than areas where ash trees predominated. Ash dieback shows very contrasting severity depending on the environment, remaining mild on trees in open canopies (hedges, isolated trees) or on trees in forest with a mixture of tree species and just a few ashes. Despite this, there is serious concern for the loss of habitat for animals that inhabit mature woodland, when Ash trees are removed, even if replaced with young saplings. 

The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Royal Trinity Hospice

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The Duchess of Cornwall meeting with Rosemary Omar, who lost her son Tariq in the Christchurch mosque shooting, during a visit to Cashmere High School to meet with victims of the Christchurch mosque shooting, on the sixth day of the royal visit to New Zealand.

 THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISITS ROYAL TRINITY HOSPICE 

Wednesday 8th December 2021 

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Royal Trinity Hospice, will visit the Hospice to switch on the Christmas lights and celebrate their 130th anniversary.

The Duchess of Cornwall will be received by the Rev’d Canon Dr Flora Winfield on arrival. 

The Duchess will then proceed inside the Hospice and be introduced to Adrian Williams, Chairman, Samantha Lund, Medical Director and Emily Carter, Chief Executive of Royal Trinity Hospice. 

The Duchess will meet members of staff in the reception before entering the inpatient unit where Her Royal Highness will speak with nurses and doctors and privately visit patients and their families. 

Her Royal Highness will go on to meet with supporters, staff and people who have had family members cared for by Trinity at a reception in The Mulberry Room. 

Lastly, The Duchess will join children from St Mary’s RC Primary School, Clapham singing carols by the tree and The Duchess will switch on the Christmas tree lights, which traditionally marks the start of Trinity’s Christmas appeal. 

Royal Trinity Hospice was founded as the National Free Home for the Dying in 1891 following an appeal for funds in The Times. 

The hospice became known as Royal Trinity Hospice in 2015 in recognition of the long patronage of the Royal Family. Prior to The Duchess of Cornwall, The Queen Mother had been Trinity’s Royal Patron since she had been The Duchess of York. 

Today, a multi-disciplinary team of experts provides free, specialist palliative and end of life care to adults with life-limiting conditions across central and south west London. For their families and loved ones, there is expert support on hand at every step of the way too. 

Royal Trinity Hospice cares for around 2,500 patients every year, the majority of whom receive specialist care wherever they call home, which is where most choose to be. The remainder are cared for in the hospice’s 28-bed inpatient unit on the edge of Clapham Common. 

The hospice prides itself on providing individualised care suited to each patient’s needs, whether they are cared for as an inpatient or in homes, care homes, nursing homes, homelessness hostels and prisons across their London catchment. 

Through expert care and support, Trinity’s team helps patients to remain comfortable, active, independent and well for as long as possible, supporting their emotional, physical, practical and spiritual needs so they can make the best of every moment. 

Like all healthcare providers, the past 18 months have affected Royal Trinity Hospice significantly, both in terms of how care is delivered and how it is funded. Prioritising patient and staff safety meant pausing some services and rapidly transforming or increasing capacity in some areas to manage demand. 

As an independent charity, the hospice must raise over £9m every year to supplement NHS funding. The closure of the hospice’s charity shops for most of 2020 and the cancellation of fundraising events caused real challenges to funding. Thanks, however, to the phenomenal response of Trinity’s local community to an urgent appeal which ultimately raised over £2.5 million and selected one-off government support, the hospice is now in a position to look ahead to meeting the challenge of the growing demand for its services to look forward in its 130th year. 

Royal Trinity Hospice has been marking its milestone 130th anniversary throughout 2021 with a range of fundraising and celebratory events designed to support its post-pandemic recovery and build capacity for the increase in demand for care that is anticipated in the future. 

The Prince of Wales Marks Barbados’s Transition to a Republic within the Commonwealth

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The Prince of Wales, greets Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley ahead of their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November, 2021.

The Prince of Wales Marks Barbados’s Transition to a Republic within the Commonwealth

Barbados

Tuesday, 30th November

ENGAGEMENT 3

The Prince of Wales will attend a reception hosted by the President of the Republic at State House 

The Prince of Wales will arrive at State House and will be met by Dame Sandra Mason, President of Barbados. He will attend a Toast to the Nation reception, hosted outside by the President, in honour of the first day of the Republic. Other regional Heads of Government will also be in attendance. 

Upon becoming a Republic, Government House will be renamed State House. It is the official residence of the President of Barbados. 

Dame Sandra Mason was appointed as the eighth, and current, Governor-General of Barbados in 2018. In October 2021, she was nominated by the Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, and the Opposition Leader, Joseph Atherley, to become the first President of Barbados. She was unanimously elected by both the House of Assembly and the Senate later that month. Before becoming Governor-General, she was a practising attorney and served as a High Court judge in Saint Lucia and a Court of Appeal judge in Barbados. She was the first woman to be admitted to the bar in Barbados. 

The 30th November is the 55th anniversary of the independence of Barbados. 

ENGAGEMENT 4

The Prince of Wales will visit The National Archives of Barbados 

The Prince of Wales will be greeted on arrival by John King, Minister of the Creative Economy, Culture and Sports, and Ingrid Thompson, Chief Archivist. His Royal Highness will view some of the collection, and will then visit the digitisation workshops and meet staff members. 

The National Archives, built in 1908, are situated close to the University of West Indies campus. The Archives’ collection is expansive and includes manuscripts, letters, reports, books, maps, charts and photographs. It also contains parish documents, certificates, deeds and wills, some of which date back to the early settlement days of the 1600s and serve as a source of information for genealogical research. These documents provide a vital resource for individuals today, particularly from the British Caribbean diaspora, in trying to establish and trace their heritage. Work has recently begun to digitise the collection. 

ENGAGEMENT 5

The Prince of Wales will attend a Prince’s Trust International (PTI) engagement at Ilaro Court 

His Royal Highness will be greeted by Dame Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust Group, and Rosanna Wakefield, Deputy Director of Global Delivery at PTI. Accompanied by Ms Wakefield, His Royal Highness will meet Prince’s Trust delivery partners and young people, including fifteen donors and supporters of PTI in Barbados and the Caribbean. His Royal Highness will take a group photograph. 

PTI has been working in Barbados since 2016 in conjunction with delivery partners, the Barbados Youth Business Trust. Barbados is the only country outside of the UK which runs all of the PTI’s programmes. 

The University of West Indies was founded in 1948 and operates five campuses across the Caribbean. 

ENGAGEMENT 6 

The Prince of Wales will depart Grantley Adams International Airport to return to the UK 

The Prince of Wales will be met by a Guard of Honour, the British and Bajan anthems will be played, and there will be a twenty-one gun salute. His Royal Highness will be bid farewell by Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British High Commissioner to Barbados. 

The Duchess of Cornwall to Undertake Engagements in Wiltshire

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THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL UNDERTAKE ENGAGEMENTS IN WILTSHIRE 

Thursday, 2nd December 2021 

Engagement 1

The Duchess of Cornwall will attend a short service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Seend War Memorial and join a service of Rededication. Her Royal Highness will also meet families whose ancestors are named on the memorial.

On arrival at the Church of the Holy Cross, Her Royal Highness will be greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Wilshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton and Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Mr Robin Heartley. Her Royal Highness will also meet Reverend Jane Knowles who will conduct the service of Rededication. 

Following the service in the church, The Duchess will greet Royal British Legion members and supporters of the church and war memorial and local residents (some of whose family members are mentioned on the memorial). Her Royal Highness will also lay flowers at the memorial and wreaths will also be laid. 

Her Royal Highness will also meet children from Seend Primary School. 

Seend War Memorial, Seend 

The church at Seend dates from about 1450 although there is evidence of a much earlier building on the site. The church is entered by the north door and porch which was built, or rebuilt, by John Stokes (1498) who was buried there. The family lived in Seend for six generations. 

A fairly recent addition to the church is the Millennium window which was dedicated by the Bishop of Ramsbury in 2003. The aim was to depict something of the history and life at Seend including the importance of its agricultural way of life showing the corn growing, sheep resting and cattle grazing in a farm environment. It also shows the woollen and weaving history and the other industrial side of Seend. 

The churchyard contains a rich collection of tombstones, some of which date back to the 15th century. 

Seend War Memorial 

The Seend War Memorial, constructed of Cornish granite, is an obelisk standing on a three-tier base, and was unveiled on 8 February 1921, by Field Marshal Lord Methuen and dedicated by The Archdeacon Wiltshire, the Venerable E J Boddington. A short half hour service, conducted by the vicar the Reverend H Cromwell Bush, took place in the churchyard attended by a large number of parishioners. 

An article in the Wiltshire Gazette, dated 10 Feb 1921, reported: ‘There did not seem to be a house, from the leading residence to the humblest cottage, which had not its representative. Just as all were united during the war, they were united now; just as they honoured those gallant youths in life, so they honoured and reverenced them now that their earthly careers had so nobly ended. Two buglers from the Wiltshire Regiment Depot sounded ‘The Last Post’ and the impressive little ceremony ended with a verse of The National Anthem’. 

The WW1 Commemorative Bench that sits near to the War Memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War and the 25 soldiers from Seend Parish who died during the conflict. 

Engagement 2

The Duchess of Cornwall will meet independent Spar shop owner, Mr Derek Tinnion and his family who work in the shop. Her Royal Highness will visit the shop and thank the family and staff for their tireless work in supporting the Devizes community for over 60 years especially during the pandemic.

The Duchess of Cornwall will meet Derek Tinnion outside his shop. Mr Tinnion will then introduce Her Royal Highness to local suppliers who provided a continual service to the shop during the pandemic. Her Royal Highness will also meet staff, some of whom work in the shop’s post office, before meeting members of Mr Tinnion’s family including his 95-year-old mother. 

Mr Tinnion will say a few words before presenting Her Royal Highness will a small hamper of local produce. 

The Spar shop is a small shop serving Devizes. The shop provides all provisions including locally grown fresh meat, from Poulshot Lodge Farm, locally grown vegetables from Pagets Produce. The Post Office within the shop is a key service that is provided from the shop. 

The shop is run by Mr Derek Tinnion, who is the third generation of his family to operate the business over the last 60 years. He has been involved for 38 years and has 8 members of his family working for him. The business originally came into the family in 1960 when his mother Irene (now 95 years old) and father John (deceased) moved from London to Wiltshire and took over the grocery business. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the shop played a crucial part in supporting residents and vulnerable individuals that used the store. Actions included: offering a new phone service to ensure residents received their groceries; providing free puzzles and colouring books and running a puzzle competition; supplying easter eggs to boost morale; and offering low-cost fruit and vegetable boxes to keep a family of four supplied for a week (which they still sell today). 

For around six months the store worked around the clock, with staff working 24hrs to replenish stock. The shop worked closely with local suppliers who provided amazing support and they were able to help keep stock at an adequate level with produce, fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products. 

Engagement 3

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Eric Ravilious-downland Man Exhibition at the Wiltshire Museum. The exhibition showcases the work of artist Eric Ravilious and his paintings of the Downs of Southern England. 

Engagement 4

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the newly converted Parade Cinema and meet supporters who have helped restored and transform the 1817 Chapel into a facility for the community.

On arrival at the Parade Cinema, Her Royal Highness will be met by Robert Hiscox Chairman and local dignitaries. On entering the museum, The Duchess will meet David Williams, General Manager and staff members and supporters associated with the conversion of the chapel to a cinema. 

Her Royal Highness will view a display of photographs showing the transformation that the chapel has undergone. 

HRH will then take a seat in the auditorium before watching a short collection of trailers. 

Following the film, Mr Hiscox will say a few words before Her Royal Highness unveils a plaque to mark the visit. 

The chapel was built in 1817 by non-conformists, of which Marlborough was one of the chief strongholds. The Minister’s House was added later. The chapel finally closed its doors in 1984 and became an antiques centre which closed in 2016. 

The freehold of the building was purchased by local investors who also paid for most of the renovation work, however £3 million pounds was also raised by the local community to support the project to provide a local cinema. 

Work on the Parade was completed in September 2021 and the cinema now provides Marlborough with its first independent, community-focused cinema in 50 years. 

The Georgian building houses a state-of-the-art cinema with 206 seats, 70 in the stalls and 36 in the balcony. It has a fully licensed bar and café which serves food and drinks from 0930hrs till late. The additional upstairs seating linked to the balcony can be hired for private parties. 

Outside, there is a paved garden where food and drink are served can be served and enjoyed. 

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