The new Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Catherine, made their first official visit to Cornwall today. The Prince and Princess of Wales became The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in September 2022 after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The title is automatic so when the then Prince Charles became King Charles III, his elder son, Prince William inherited the title of Duke of Cornwall. This was the Royal couple’s first official joint visit to the area.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall make their first joint official visit since taking on the role to Falmouth Cornwall #royals #princeandprincessofwales #Cornwall #RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/8UkW834Mhq
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Established in 1337 by King Edward III, the Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate of the British Royal Family and is the primary source of income for the heir apparent.
During his long tenure as The Duke of Cornwall, King Charles III, turned the Duchy into a billion-dollar estate with strategic business investments and planning. Prince William has long been taking interest in the Estate to understand how the Duchy works and runs. The Duchy covers 130,000 acres of land with 160 miles of British coastline in 23 counties of England and Wales.
About the visit, Kensington Palace said, “The Duke and Duchess will learn about Cornwall’s maritime heritage before visiting a local community centre which is going the extra mile to give opportunities to individuals while building a supportive and cohesive community.” Prince William also visited the area in November 2022 to learn about environmental education, employability training and community events.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are making a joint official visit to the county for the first time since they inherited the subsidiary titles (which should only be used when they are in the Duchy). They’ve been to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth. pic.twitter.com/RU6efDpa2m
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The first stop of the day was National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth. The museum highlights the importance of maritime issues in the area and is a keeper of the rich maritime history of the southwestern tip of England. Established in 2003 the Museum is marking its 20th anniversary this year. Featuring 15 galleries, a boat-building workshop and interactive exhibitions, the Museum is one of the most popular tourist spots in the area.
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During their visit, The Prince and Princess of Wales met with the team working on the refurbishment of a 14-foot tall sailing dinghy, Kiwi. Kiwi was a wedding present to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, later Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, on their wedding day in 1947 by Royal Navy New Zealand.
Prince William and Princess Catherine met with young people participating in the ‘Young and Talented Cornwall’ scheme which provides financial support to young people and helps them achieve their potential. In the last decade, the scheme has supported more than 275 individuals with £350000. Among them are Olympic medal winners, Rugby players, and renowned musicians. They also watched school pupils participating in a model boat race.
The Princess of Wales has an interesting reunion. Catherine met her history teacher outside the Museum. From Cornwall Live’s report, “It was during the visit to the NMMC that Kate recognised one of its volunteers as her former history teacher, Jim Embury, and immediately broke protocol to embrace him and reminisce. She recognised him instantly, hugged him, and told him: “The things you taught me, I now teach to my children. Jim, who taught the Duchess of Cornwall at her prep school around 25 years ago, said he was thrilled to bump into his former pupil. He said: ‘She was a fantastic student and it was a great class’.“
The new Duke and Duchess of #Cornwall @KensingtonRoyal are making their first official visit to the county since they were given the titles when Charles become King. They’ve just arrived at @DracaenaCentre in #Falmouth #HeartNews pic.twitter.com/Zm0r6LwqRK
— Heart South West News (@HeartSWNews) February 9, 2023
Then the Royal couple headed for the Dracaena centre which supports the local community in building healthy and happy social environments. The Royal couple heard about the various services and supports the centre provides to the individuals and families in the area. The services include family and youth support, children’s activities, legal advice, sports and fitness community, food programmes, empowering individuals and providing them equal opportunities to build a stronger community. Based between Falmouth and Penryn the centre has been supporting 10,000 people every year since 2008.
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William and Catherine met with the young mothers and families to hear about the support they receive from the centre. The Princess of Wales launched the first family hub at the centre that aligns with her new Early Childhood campaign ‘Shaping Us’ that she launched last week. Catherine joined mothers and young kids for a music session called Hokey Cokey.
The next agenda on the itinerary is close to William’s heart – homelessness. The Couple met with the representatives of St Petrocs – a local charity that works in the area to help individuals at risk of homelessness. The charity provides services that include outreach, housing advice, emergency accommodations, counselling and training with the aim of getting them out of homelessness.
The last agenda of the day was the NHS well-being hub hosted at the same centre. The hub provides mental health and well-being support to the locals in the area.
The Princess of Wales wore a brown Hobbs London Celeste coat. But this is not the same coat that Catherine has had in her wardrobe since 2012. Actually, the label re-launched it sometime last year and Catherine got it again this time with a longer hemline. The silhouette, structure, shade, design, fabric everything remains the same it’s just the hemline is longer with very slight changes like pockets.
Underneath the coat, The Princess of Wales wore a red turtleneck jumper with a matching skirt.
Catherine topped the skirt with a matching Ba&sh Betty Buckle Belt. Thanks to Middleton Maven for the id.
She was wearing her Gianvito Rossi Glen Boots.
The Princess of Wales brought her Emily Mortimer Hera White Gold and Diamond Pear Detachable Drops that she first wore in October 2022 when she visited the Royal Surrey county hospital.