On Thursday 27th November 2018, HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Cambridgeshire for a full day of engagements.
In the morning, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Here, she met supporters, trustees and volunteers for JDRF, a type 1 diabetes charity of which she is President. Meanwhile, in Ely, The Prince of Wales visited the Thomas Parsons’ Charity Almshouses, of which he is Patron, and met with residents, volunteers and representatives from The Thomas Parsons’ Charity over tea. Whilst in Ely, Prince Charles also visited the Stained Glass Museum of which he is also Patron, marking the museum’s 40th anniversary celebrations by cutting a cake.
The Royal couple joined each other at Ely Market to meet stall holders and hear more about the city’s community initiatives including their commitment to reducing single use plastic and combating homelessness. The markets have been in existence for at least 800 years and are a blend of traditional and modern, hosting different markets on six days a week all year round.
The day finished in Wisbech, where crowds lined the streets as the Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived. The Prince of Wales visited St Peter and St Paul’s Church, where he met some 20 or so local organisations, charities and volunteer groups. As Patron of The National Literacy Trust, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Wisbech and Fenland Museum to learn more about how local organisations are supporting families and primary schools to improve literacy skills. She was shown the original manuscript of Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations, which was bequeathed to the museum in 1868.