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Royal News Round Up – 30th November

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There can be a lighter side to Royal duties, and that’s well-represented this week – while never losing sight of those more solemn occasions that require the gravitas of a Royal visit. But we begin with the Duke of Sussex experiencing the art of the Zambian circus…

Flying Visit

Prince Harry’s two-day visit to Zambia included a reception with President Edgar Lungu, after which he went on to meet with Zambian veterans of the Second World War. The trip took a high-spirited turn as the Prince was greeted by the artists that make up Circus Zambia, which is partnered with The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. He spent time with the troupe’s performers and founders and gave a speech celebrating the positive impact of young people in the world.

 

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Charles’s Vision on the Map

Back in the UK, Prince Charles visited Poundbury – the urban community he has been building on Duchy of Cornwall Land on the outskirts of Dorchester. The heir apparent was on hand to open a new housing development geared towards enabling Poundbury’s elderly residents to stay independent for longer.  Work began on the the town in 1993; today it is home to 3,000 residents and has created 2,000 jobs. Construction is expected to be fully completed by 2025.

 

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Great Expectations

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Cambridgeshire on Tuesday, taking in the sights of Cambridge, Ely and Wisbech. The Prince visited Ely Cathedral’s Stained Glass Museum – the only of its kind in the UK, of which Charles is patron – cutting a cake and unveiling a plaque as part of the museum’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

 

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As patron of the National Literacy Trust, The Duchess of Cornwall met with school children at Wisbech Museum and viewed an original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, bequeathed to the museum in 1868. The Duchess went on to visit the research facility at Addenbrooke Hospital, meeting with type 1 diabetes patients and researchers who have been developing an artificial pancreas to treat the disease.

Leicester Remembers

One month on from the helicopter crash at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to a memorial service remembering the five people that died. The Duke gave a speech honouring the work that the club’s chairman Vicha Srivaddhanaprabha had done for the football club and the city. The couple later visited the University of Leicester, to hear about educational programmes the club has been supporting.

 

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