Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited East Sussex today (Thursday, 16), carrying out a number of engagements with local charities and businesses.
Camilla is involved as a patron with a number of organisations in the county.
As patron of The Charleston Trust, she spent time this morning opening the restored barns and new galleries in Firle near Lewes, following the completion of the Charleston Centenary Project.
Supporters of the Duchess and staff at the Charleston Farmhouse, where the event took place, were happy to welcome her.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall buying one of my shawls at Charleston today! She obviously has exemplary taste !!!! Shame I couldn’t be there.@charlestontrust #camillaparkerbowles #duchessofcornwall #fireworks #cressidabellsilks #handprinted #royalvisit pic.twitter.com/0GgdZ0vxHL
— Cressida Bell (@CressidaBell) May 16, 2019
We were honoured to receive a visit from our Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall today who officially opened our restored barns & new galleries. The Duchess also viewed Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant’s Famous Women Dinner Service which has returned to Charleston: https://t.co/64FwRswaPh pic.twitter.com/9Rzdaf8v4V
— The Charleston Trust (@CharlestonTrust) May 16, 2019
Speaking at the event, Dr Darren Clarke from the trust said:
“The Duchess of Cornwall has been our patron for six years, which we are very proud and pleased to have as such, and she’s marking our 30th festival which starts tomorrow.”
The Duchess then headed to a newly opened farm in Lewes, run by Jamie’s Farm, an organisation which helps disadvantaged young people through a farming and therapy programme.
She then stopped off at the Amex for the East Sussex Women of the Year Lunch, which this year is raising awareness of loneliness in the community.
Finally, she visited the Ridgeview Wine Estate in Ditchling Common in her role as the President of Wines of Great Britain.