Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla greeted by rapturous crowds in annual Wales Week visit

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s Wales Week visit is a traditional annual trip and they’ve been met with serious excitement…

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla greeted by crowds in Wales, seen here as they arrive for an evening of music and drama, celebrating Welsh culture
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were greeted by rapturous crowds during their annual Wales Week visit. 

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have traveled far and wide over the past year, with their recent annual report revealing that the future King and Queen Consort visited 42 UK counties and undertook 4 overseas tours between April 2021 and March 2022. And they’re not stopping there! Just a few days after Prince Charles returned from Scotland where he and several of the Queen’s children joined Her Majesty for Holyrood Week, he and the Duchess arrived in Wales.

Sharing a series of wonderful snapshots of their first day on social media, Clarence House shared a message thanking everyone who turned out on Treorchy High Street in Rhondda to see the royal couple. 

“What an amazing start to Wales Week!” the caption declared, as the post gave fans a glimpse of the rapturous crowds who’d gathered in South Wales. In the sweet photos, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla can be seen chatting and shaking hands with royal fans lining the street with a combination of Welsh and British flags.

Back in 2020 Treorchy High Street was named the UK’s Best High Street and the royals’ visit here clearly attracted a great deal of local excitement. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales are greeted by members of the public during a visit to Treorchy High Street

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Their first day in Wales also saw the Prince and Duchess head to Cardiff where they visited the monument to honor the truly inspirational Betty Campbell MBE, who was Wales’ first black headteacher and community activist. Unveiled in September last year this monument pays tribute to her extraordinary life and legacy. 

Prince Charles once met Betty during a visit to her school in 1994 and has declared, “In succeeding against the odds, she became an inspiration to generations of people, of all ages, and all backgrounds, not just in her own beloved city, but in the rest of Wales and beyond.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with invited guests in front of the statue of Betty Campbell

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As well as visiting Betty Campbell’s memorial and Treorchy High Street, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have also explored BBC Wales’ new studios, the future King presented medals to the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and they also visited RISE Cardiff. This vital charity provides responses to Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in Cardiff.

All of these important engagements come as part of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s annual Wales Week. This sees them travel to the country each year as they celebrate the achievements, community and culture of Wales. 

According to the BBC, Wales Week 2022 will see the senior royals go on to take part in events that mark the 70th anniversary of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, as well as the 200th anniversary of the University of Wales. 

Emma Shacklock

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