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King and Queen to Attend Service of Dedication for the Order of the British Empire

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King Charles III attends a reception to thank those involved in the planning and arrangements following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation at Buckingham Palace, London. October 19, 2023.
King Charles III attends a reception to thank those involved in the planning and arrangements following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation at Buckingham Palace, London. October 19, 2023.

THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND QUEEN WILL ATTEND A SERVICE OF DEDICATION FOR THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Their Majesties The King and Queen will attend a Service of Dedication for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Established by King George V in 1917 to reward outstanding contributions to the war effort, the Order of the British Empire now recognises the work of people from all walks of life with well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs, as well as knighthoods and damehoods.

The King is the Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire. The Queen is the Grand Master of the Order of the British Empire.

Almost two thousand members who are holders of the order’s awards (GBE, KBE, DBE, CBE, OBE, MBE, and British Empire Medal) will attend the service. The congregation will be formed by people from all parts of the UK and Commonwealth and include a number of honorary award holders.

Upon arrival, the King and Queen will be met by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli KStJ, and escorted into the cathedral where they will be greeted by the Dean, the Chapter, and officials of the order before taking their place in the processional order.

The Queen to Celebrate Literature in Rye

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Queen Camilla meets (left to right) Alex Jennings, Freddie Fox, Jeremy Irons, Brian Cox, Tom Courtenay, Peter Egan, Robert Lindsay, Martin Jarvis, Simon Russell Beale, Robert Powell and Samuel West at a Celebration of Shakespeare event at Grosvenor House, central London, marking 400 years since the first Shakespeare folio, February 14, 2024.
Queen Camilla meets (left to right) Alex Jennings, Freddie Fox, Jeremy Irons, Brian Cox, Tom Courtenay, Peter Egan, Robert Lindsay, Martin Jarvis, Simon Russell Beale, Robert Powell and Samuel West at a Celebration of Shakespeare event at Grosvenor House, central London, marking 400 years since the first Shakespeare folio, February 14, 2024.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL CELEBRATE LITERATURE IN RYE, EAST SUSSEX

Thursday 16th May 2024

Engagement 1:

The Queen will meet members of the local community at the Church of Saint Mary, Church Square, Rye.

At the Church of Saint Mary, the bells will ring to welcome Her Majesty.

Within the church, Her Majesty will have an opportunity to meet representatives from local organisations who have supported their community. This includes the Royal Voluntary Service of which Her Majesty is patron, Mothers’ Union, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Royal British Legion.

The Queen will also meet the bell ringers who welcomed Her Majesty to the Church of Saint Mary.

Engagement 2:

At Lamb House, once home to novelists Henry James, Rumer Godden and E. F. Benson, Her Majesty The Queen will join a garden party with organisations in celebration of Rye’s renowned literary history.

After departing the Church of Saint Mary, Her Majesty will walk along a picturesque street to Lamb House.

Lamb House is one of the most prominent residences in Rye. Built in 1723 by James Lamb and now owned by the National Trust, the house has seen centuries of different owners, including the novelists Henry James, Rumer Godden, and E. F. Benson. A prolific writer of fiction, ghost stories and non-fiction, E. F. Benson is best remembered for his ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels which were set in the fictional town of Tilling, based on Rye. Lamb House was the inspiration for Mapp’s home, Mallards, complete with the famous Garden Room (which was bombed during the Second World War).

After a brief tour of Lamb House, the Queen will view items relating to literature from the historic collection at the house. Her Majesty will then join guests for a garden party in celebration of Rye’s literacy history. Guests will include members of the Friends of Tilling, the E. F. Benson Society, and staff and volunteers from the National Trust.

During the garden party, Gyles Brandreth, President of the Friends of Tilling, will give a reading from the Mapp and Lucia novels in celebration of Rye’s literary history.

After departing Lamb House, Her Majesty will walk down Rye’s Mermaid Street and see some of the other houses that inspired E. F. Benson’s work.

Royal Life presents Royal Britain

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Royal Britain Magazine | Royal Life Magazine
Royal Britain Magazine | Royal Life Magazine

Royal Life presents Royal Britain – All You Need to Know

As you would have discovered in issue 68 of Royal Life magazine, with the increased popularity of our long-running Royal Britain series covering the UK’s royal, architectural and historic heritage, and with fewer royal engagements for us to cover each issue, we have decided to rename this magazine Royal Britain, beginning with issue 69.

Royal Britain has long been a very popular feature in Royal Life magazine. In past issues, we have covered magnificent buildings such as Balmoral Castle, Clarence House, Osborne House, Dumfries House and Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. We took readers to The Tower of London for a stunning feature on The Crown Jewels, the nation’s most precious treasures, including the sacred Coronation Regalia used at the Coronations of new monarchs.

Now Royal Britain magazine will delve deeper into our rich historical heritage as well as continue to bring you all the latest news on the activities of today’s British Royal Family.

As a Royal Life subscriber, your subscription will continue as normal, just under the new Royal Britain title. However, should you have any queries, please do email us at info@legacymagazines.co.uk and we will be happy to answer them.

We look forward to you joining us as we discover more about what put the Great in Great Britain.

The King Visits Royal School of Engineering

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King Charles III unveils the plague for the Queen Mother Square and Royal Pavillion as they visit Poundbury at Poundbury in Dorchester, Dorset, June 2023.
King Charles III unveils the plague for the Queen Mother Square and Royal Pavillion as they visit Poundbury at Poundbury in Dorchester, Dorset, June 2023.

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WILL MEET STAFF AND FAMILIES AT ROYAL SCHOOL OF MILITARY ENGINEERING AS COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF ROYAL ENGINEERS

Thursday 9th May 2024

His Majesty The King will meet the staff and families of 3 Royal School of Military Engineering (3RSME), the training base for the Army’s Royal Engineers. His Majesty will also meet members of 8 Engineer Brigade, which is the centre’s deployable unit.

On arrival, His Majesty will be met by the Lord Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson and Major General Miller, on behalf of the Royal Engineers. The King, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Engineers, will receive a salute from a Quarter Guard comprising officers from the school.

Inside the Officers’ Mess, His Majesty will hear from groups of engineering personnel and their families about their experiences training at the school and supporting their loved ones to become a Royal Engineer.

His Majesty will go on to meet officers from the 8 Engineer Brigade HQ, which provides engineering support to military operations.

Before departure, His Majesty will sign the regiment’s visitors’ book and receive gifts of flowers and Royal Engineer china mugs from the children of some of the barracks’ serving soldiers.

His Majesty to Officially Hand Over Role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to The Prince of Wales

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HM King Charles III during the King's Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour accompanied by HRH Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal at Horse Guards Parade, London, June 17 2023.
HM King Charles III during the King's Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour accompanied by HRH Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal at Horse Guards Parade, London, June 17 2023.

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WILL HAND OVER THE ROLE OF COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMY AIR CORPS TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES

Monday 13th May 2024

At the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, His Majesty The King will officially hand over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

In August 2023, following His Majesty’s accession, the King was pleased to announce military appointments including that the Prince of Wales would become Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps. The role was previously held by His Majesty, as Prince of Wales, for 31 years.

On arrival, the King will be met by a guard of honour and Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Borton, Colonel Commandant of the Army Air Corps, who will escort His Majesty to the Army Flying Museum. Located at Middle Wallop, the museum tells the story of British army flying from the early days of military ballooning to the modern Army Air Corps.

Within the museum, the King will meet veterans and their families. His Majesty will also be invited to unveil a plaque which commemorates the arrival of the first Apache AH Mk.1 to be installed in a UK museum. This Apache, now at the Army Flying Museum, was one of two that carried troops on their stub wings in the Battle of Jugroom Fort, Afghanistan, in 2007.

After departing the Army Flying Museum, His Majesty will walk across the airfield to the Middle Wallop Control Tower. Here, in front of an Apache, His Majesty will be met by the Prince of Wales to officially hand over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps. Together, the King and the Prince of Wales will have an opportunity to meet serving aircrew in front of the Apache.

After His Majesty has departed, His Royal Highness will embark on his first engagement with the Army Air Corps as Colonel-in-Chief. The Prince will first receive a briefing on the Army Air Corps’ current work from the Colonel Commandant, Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Borton. Following this, His Royal Highness will view training and operational aircraft used by the Army Air Corps and meet aircrew and the supporting ground staff. The Prince will then hear from soldiers across a range of roles within the regiment that are involved in supporting operations.

Finally, the Prince will depart the base by embarking on an Apache capability flight to deepen his understanding of the capabilities of the equipment and to learn more about the people that fly and support it.

The King, as Sovereign, is Head of the Armed Forces. His Majesty is a military veteran himself, having trained and served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

The Prince of Wales has a strong affiliation with the Armed Forces, having served in the Army as a Platoon Commander in the Blues and Royals, before completing flying training in the Royal Air Force. His Royal Highness served as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot, spending three years at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales.

Her Majesty The Queen to Attend Badminton Horse Trials

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The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Horses for People in Comber May, 2021.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL ATTEND THE 75TH BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS, BADMINTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Sunday 12th May 2024

Her Majesty The Queen will attend the final day of the Badminton Horse Trials (8-12th May) to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the event.

The Queen, as Patron of British Equestrian, will watch the final show jumping phase of the competition before presenting trophies to prize winners in the arena.

On arrival at Badminton House, Her Majesty will be greeted by Jane Tuckwell, Event Director of Badminton, who will present the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort at the entrance to Badminton House before joining guests at a reception.

Her Majesty will meet guests associated with the trials, including representatives of the British Equestrian Federation, past winners of the competition and owners, as well as volunteers and officials involved in this year’s event.

A member of the Beaufort Pony Club will present Her Majesty with a book celebrating the trials’ 75-year history and an anniversary model horse.

Her Majesty The Queen to Open New Coronation Library

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The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at Peterborough Cathedral at the start of a day of visits to the city to promote reading and storytelling as part of her role as Patron of the National Literacy Trust, 2016.
The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at Peterborough Cathedral at the start of a day of visits to the city to promote reading and storytelling as part of her role as Patron of the National Literacy Trust, 2016.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, PATRON, NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST, WILL OPEN THE 50TH CORONATION LIBRARY IN ISLINGTON

Tuesday 7th May 2024

Her Majesty The Queen, as Patron of the National Literacy Trust, will visit Moreland Primary School to open their new Coronation Library, the 50th in a series of special primary school libraries that have been transformed over the last twelve months with the help of the National Literacy Trust, to mark the Coronation.

The library at Moreland Primary School is also the 1000th primary school library to open as part of the National Literacy Trust’s Libraries for Primaries campaign, which aims to establish libraries in UK primary schools in areas where local communities have low levels of literacy.

During the visit Her Majesty will also join an interactive storytelling session with young librarians from primary schools across the city, before opening the new library and listening to Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho read a poem ’One Thousand Libraries’ that he has written for the occasion. Moreland Primary School, Moreland Street, London EC1.

On arrival at the school, Her Majesty will be greeted by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant who will present local dignitaries: Catherine Lawrence, Headteacher, Moreland Primary School, and Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive, National Literacy Trust.

Her Majesty will proceed to the Play Centre where a round table discussion will have taken place between charity, publishers, business partners and author ambassadors, including Cressida Cowell and Chris Smith, who have supported the Libraries for Primaries campaign. The Queen will join an interactive storytelling activity, led by international storyteller, Alim Kamara, with 10 reading ambassadors from Moreland Primary School and 20 pupil librarians and their teachers from local Libraries for Primaries beneficiary schools, who have benefited from a new library space.

The Queen, accompanied by two of Moreland Primary’s pupil librarians will then move to the new library where Her Majesty will meet Joseph Coelho, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Her Majesty will have an opportunity to talk to some of the pupils about their involvement in reading activities in the school, before Joseph Coelho reads a poem he has written specially for the occasion. To conclude this part of the engagement, Her Majesty will unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the library.

The Queen will proceed to the playground, where the school choir will be singing and children gathered. The children will be waving flags decorated with their favourite book character.

The King Announces Continued Patronage of The Wildlife Trusts 

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1992 Prince Charles and David Attenborough visit Culm grassland Devon Wildlife Trust. Image credit The Wildlife Trusts
1992 Prince Charles and David Attenborough visit Culm grassland Devon Wildlife Trust. Image credit The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts are Delighted to Have Patronage of His Majesty, The King 

4th May 2024

His Majesty, The King has announced his continued patronage of The Wildlife Trusts following a review of Royal patronages conducted by the Royal Household after His Majesty’s accession to the throne.  

King Charles III became patron of The Wildlife Trusts in 1977 when Prince of Wales. Since then, he has become well known as a visionary environmentalist and has dedicated more than 50 years to championing the UK’s response to the nature and climate crises. His trailblazing efforts have included banning peat in his gardens in the 1980s to promoting sustainable agriculture at the 2020 World Economic Forum.  

Duncan Ingram, Chair of The Wildlife Trusts, says: 

“His Majesty is a remarkable naturalist, an inspiring leader, and a champion of wildlife who has consistently advocated for nature’s recovery in the UK. Nature and climate have long been at the heart of King Charles’ work, and The Wildlife Trusts are honoured that he has chosen to continue his patronage.  

“We’re also delighted to be leading the Coronation Gardens for Food and Nature initiative, which is inspired by His Majesty’s work in promoting food growing in harmony with nature, and is doing so much to encourage people to grow their own and help wildlife even in the smallest of urban spaces.” 

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says: 

“For more than half a century, His Majesty has been at the forefront of raising awareness and calling for action to tackle the global environmental crisis. From his first landmark speech about the environment in 1970, to becoming Patron of The Wildlife Trusts in 1977, to initiating countless breakthrough environmental initiatives, right through to his internationally acclaimed speech at the UN climate summit in Dubai last autumn, His Majesty has consistently demonstrated foresight, courage and leadership as he has helped communities, charities and businesses grapple with the challenges and opportunities inherent in living more sustainably and in harmony with Nature.   

“It is therefore a great honour that His Majesty has agreed to continue with his Patronage of The Wildlife Trusts. We are very grateful for his support, and the message it sends about the importance of conserving and restoring our precious wildlife.”  

As The Prince of Wales, His Majesty launched Coronation Meadows in 2013 to honour the 60th year of the late Queen’s accession to the throne. In the face of the catastrophic loss of 97% of our wildflower meadows since the 1930s, the plan was to create new and restored meadows using donor seed from remaining fragments of ancient and traditional meadows. The scheme has been a remarkable success with 101 new meadows created by partner charities, The Wildlife Trusts and Plantlife. 

Last year a groundbreaking new initiative, Coronation Gardens for Food and Nature, was launched as a tribute to His Majesty, King Charles III’s long-standing commitment to the natural world and the environment. Led by The Wildlife Trusts, Incredible Edible, Garden Organic, and the NFWI (National Federation of Women’s Institutes), the project has reached over 25,000 people with 2,000 gardens pledged and 250 schools involved.  

His Majesty has lent his support in person to many Wildlife Trusts over decades and has visited nature reserves, including Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Lower Woods and Manx Wildlife Trust’s Close Sartfield wildflower meadows.

The Queen to Mark 90th Anniversary of Brooke

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Queen Camilla feeding a donkey a carrot during a visit to Brooke Donkey Sanctuary in Nairobi to hear how the charity is working with the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals to rescue donkeys at risk, and promote their welfare, on day two of the state visit to Kenya. November 1, 2023.
Queen Camilla feeding a donkey a carrot during a visit to Brooke Donkey Sanctuary in Nairobi to hear how the charity is working with the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals to rescue donkeys at risk, and promote their welfare, on day two of the state visit to Kenya. November 1, 2023.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL HOST A RECEPTION AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE TO MARK THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF BROOKE

Thursday 9th May 2024

Her Majesty The Queen, President of Brooke, will host a reception to mark 90 years of the charity’s work of bringing hope to working horses, donkeys, and mules.

Brooke, founded in the early 1930s, is a UK-based international working horse and donkey charity, which is also a legacy of the First World War. Dorothy Brooke established the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo in 1934, and 90 years later, this grew into the global organisation they are today. As of 2022/2023, Brooke has supported 1.4 million working horses, donkeys, and mules directly, and 4.2 million through their advocacy work.

Ahead of the reception, Her Majesty will proceed to the Quadrangle of Buckingham Palace for a group photo with guests and mini ponies. Ambassadors and supporters attending the reception include actress Annette Badland, veterinarian Dr Scott Miller, newsreader Angela Rippon, and the charity’s patron, Alastair Stewart.

Inside the palace, Her Majesty will meet Brooke staff and supporters, who last year reached over 10,000 worldwide communities. The Queen will also hear a speech from Chris Wainwright, Brooke CEO.

Marking the anniversary, Her Majesty will cut a cake before departure.

The Duke of Cornwall to Visit Newquay and the Isles of Scilly

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The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Cornwall while in Cornwall, during a visit to the Dracaena Centre in Cornwall, to learn about the wide variety of support and services that the organisation provides to local people, with a mission of building a healthy, happy and mutually supportive society, February 9, 2023.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Cornwall while in Cornwall, during a visit to the Dracaena Centre in Cornwall, to learn about the wide variety of support and services that the organisation provides to local people, with a mission of building a healthy, happy and mutually supportive society, February 9, 2023.

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

Thursday 9th May – Friday 10th May 2024

The Duke of Cornwall – Prince William – will carry out engagements in Newquay on Thursday 9th May and on the Isles of Scilly on Friday 10th May.

On Thursday, His Royal Highness will pay a visit to the site in Nansledan where the Duchy of Cornwall’s first ever innovative housing project to help address homelessness will be built, before spending time at Fistral Beach where he will hear from local organisations who are working to keep the beach safe for all those who enjoy it.

On Friday, the Duke will make his first official visit to the Isles of Scilly since becoming Duke of Cornwall in September 2022. During his time on St. Mary’s, His Royal Highness will meet representatives from local businesses on the harbour front and pay a visit to St. Mary’s Medical Centre.

DAY ONE – THURSDAY 9TH MAY

Engagement 1:

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT NANSLEDAN, NEWQUAY

The Duke of Cornwall will visit Nansledan to see the site where the Duchy of Cornwall’s first ever innovative housing project to help address homelessness will be built.

Announced earlier this year, the project will be delivered alongside Cornish charity, St Petrocs, and will provide 24 homes with wrap around support for local people experiencing homelessness. Land for the homes will be provided by the Duchy of Cornwall which will also use its design and development management expertise to guide the delivery of the project as a whole.

The project will showcase the power of collaboration from across the public, private and voluntary sectors, and the role we can all play in ending homelessness in our communities. This transformative approach is inspired by Homewards – a five-year programme led by The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales to show that it is possible to end homelessness. Homewards strives to form locally led coalitions of committed individuals, organisations, and businesses who will work together to create and deliver a tailored plan to prevent and end homelessness in their areas.

The new homes in Nansledan have been designed by local practice ALA Architects, with input from the Duchy, St Petrocs and the Homewards expert panel. The homes are designed to be in keeping with the quality and character of Nansledan, to provide residents with dignity and help them settle into their new community from day one.

Construction is set to begin in September 2024 and the first homes are due for completion in autumn 2025. The innovation the Duchy has embedded into the design will mean that the homes will be built to Passivhaus standards of energy efficiency and sustainability.

The first phase will focus on creating high quality temporary accommodation that feels like home with a clear pathway to a permanent home as accommodation becomes available. St Petrocs will also be helping resident harness the benefits of an active and growing community in Nansledan where training and employment pathways exist, alongside more permanent housing solutions.

His Royal Highness will meet representatives from the Duchy of Cornwall who are leading the development of the site and see where the new housing will be located for the first time. The Duke will also meet the CEO of St Petrocs, Henry Meacock, and a resident of St Petrocs Newquay who will talk to His Royal Highness about the transformative impact of receiving a home and the additional wrap around support.

The Duchy of Cornwall is harnessing the guidance and network of Homewards in the design of this project. Homewards will be evaluating the impact of this initial innovative housing project and will share the learnings with their local coalitions in their six locations across the UK.

Engagement 2:

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT FISTRAL BEACH, NEWQUAY

His Royal Highness will then travel to Fistral Beach, which is widely regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in Europe. Here, the Duke will meet representatives from local organisations who are working to promote safety in the sea and across the beach area, ahead of the forthcoming summer months.

The Duke will first spend time with Holywell Bay and Newquay Surf Life Saving Clubs which trains and supports volunteers to save lives and prevent drowning in open water. Surf Life Saving Clubs around the country educate young people from the age of seven to keep themselves safe and to help others in difficulty. Operating out of Fistral Beach between May and September, the Newquay club is run in three age groups: Nippers, Youth and Seniors. During his visit, the Duke will meet members of the clubs as demonstrations of training programmes take place on the beach.

His Royal Highness will then meet lifeguards and staff from the RNLI, who provide a seasonal service to Fistral Beach, to hear about the work they are doing to keep local people and tourists safe as they get set to enjoy the summer season. This year, the RNLI is celebrating its 200th anniversary, having been formed in 1824.

During his visit to the beach, the Duke will also have the opportunity to meet members of the public.

DAY TWO – FRIDAY 10TH MAY

Engagement 3:

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT ST. MARY’S HARBOUR, ISLES OF SCILLY

The Duke of Cornwall will visit St. Mary’s Harbour – the maritime gateway to the Isles of Scilly – and meet representatives from local businesses operating in the area.

The harbour is run by the Duchy of Cornwall and handles passengers and vessels – from ‘Tripper Boats’ and sail training vessels to fishing boats and those carrying special cargo deliveries – travelling to the Isles of Scilly, making it a crucial part of the community and a hub for the vital tourism industry across the islands.

The Duke will spend time with harbour operators as well as local people from businesses on St. Mary’s, hearing from them about life on the islands and how they are preparing for the summer season, which sees approximately 100,000 visitors come to the islands each year.

His Royal Highness’ visit follows the 33rd World Pilot Gig Championships which are being held on the Isles of Scilly from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May. The Cornish pilot gig is a six-oar rowing boat, recognised as one of the first shore-based lifeboats that served vessels in distress, with recorded rescues going back as far as the 17th century. The first championships were held in 1990 and now attract thousands of additional visitors to the islands each year. The Duke will meet a mixed crew who participated in the 2024 Championships and hear about their experiences of the races.

Engagement 4:

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT ST MARY’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, ST MARY’S, ISLES OF SCILLY

His Royal Highness will then travel to St. Mary’s Community Hospital to meet staff and hear about a new integrated health and social care facility which is set to be built on adjacent land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The small hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient clinics serving the Isles of Scilly and works closely with the NHS paramedic services on the islands, providing wraparound care to island residents and visitors. The Duke will first meet hospital staff and hear about the challenges of delivering healthcare in an island setting.

His Royal Highness will then meet with representatives from the local council who are working with the Duchy of Cornwall to make the new healthcare facility a reality. A key tenet of the Duchy of Cornwall’s operating principles is to support communities and the people within them, working alongside stakeholders and partners, such as the NHS and the council to deliver investment and opportunities.

The new health and social care facility will provide twelve residential care home beds, NHS inpatient beds and a modern maternity suite. The aim is to develop a new model of care that provides robust services to keep people at home, or close to home where clinically possible, by maximising digital technologies and access to remote support.

The land for the building has been provided by the Duchy of Cornwall on long lease, and the Duchy have facilitated early entry onto the site to ensure work can begin as soon as possible. The facility is due to open by summer 2025.

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