Prince William high fives child on first official visit to Cornwall

Prince William high fived excited children this afternoon during his first official visit to Cornwall in his role as the Duke of Cornwall. While in England’s southernmost county he met with people at The Orchard in Newquay and nearby organisations, as well as staff working for the Duchy of Cornwall.

His Royal Highness was very pleased to look around Newquay Orchard, a seven-acre urban greenspace located on Duchy land which provides environmental education, employability training and community events.

Founded by Luke Berkley for the local community, the Orchard has flourished over the last eight years and is now home to a great variety of initiatives which aim to combat social isolation and promote healthy lifestyles. The orchard also supports those who are feeling the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis.

Mr Berkley helped to show William round during his visit.

The Prince also took part in a nutrition session, with the future King asking staff to “tell me how unhealthy I am”. He revealed to Monique that he had a rubbish sandwich today and cups of tea because his three children keep him up at night.

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Twenty-one-year-old Lily Dickinson, a student at the Orchard, plucked up the courage to ask William for a picture to show her grandad. The staff including education officer Gemma Lewry said they were all very proud of her.

William asked her what she liked about attending Newquay Orchard. She said she liked gardening and being outside in the fresh air. William told her: “Everything seems better in the outside.”

Mr Berkley said he was “really, really proud” William had chosen the project as his first official engagement in Cornwall in his new role. He added that they had just received a visit from King Charles, and that the Duchy has given them “a lot of support”.

He added: “It really was a lovely visit and William spent the time to speak with people who have supported the project and those that engage with the work we do here. The reaction he got from people – the enjoyment and the smiles – will stay with me for a long time.”

The Prince’s visit follows a tour of Newquay Orchard by the then Prince Charles in June. The location is of particular interest to the Duke of Cornwall as it is next to the Duchy of Cornwall’s Nansledan development.

He also joined volunteers at ‘An Lowarth’, Cornish for ‘garden’, which is one of the original growing spaces at the Orchard and a space where volunteers can learn skills, make new friends and improve their physical and mental health.

The Orchard works with more than 120 volunteers each week, who take stewardship of the Orchard in everything from mulching and weeding to developing structures and planting trees.

The Duke also visited the educational area where people are trained in cooking, gardening and other practical skills to help them move into employment, education or further training.

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He was then pleased to visit the community café at the orchard, which has sustainability as its core ethos, and serves produce grown and picked by volunteers in the gardens. Also on the agenda for his trip is a visit to Duchy offices to meet staff as he takes forward the stewardship of the estate.

William became the heir apparent – and known as the Prince of Wales – after the death of his grandmother and the accession of his father, Charles, to the throne.

He also inherited the title Duke of Cornwall and is now the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge. Kate is now known as the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

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