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A private estate established in 1337 which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales and his family.

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall supports her husband, The Prince of Wales, in carrying out his work and duties as Heir to The Throne and Duke of Cornwall. She also undertakes public engagements on behalf of her own charities and has become Patron or President of 75 organisations. These include Cornwall Air Ambulance Service, Cornwall Community Foundation, Moorland Mousie Trust, Tetbury Film Society, Tetbury in Bloom, Shelterbox and Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.

The Duchess of Cornwall
The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Duchy Nursery in Restormel

Each summer, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall complete a tour of Devon and Cornwall, and this is supplemented by other visits throughout the year. In 2008, the new St. Mawes Ferry was named ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’ after Her Royal Highness. More recent engagements have included The Royal Cornwall Show, Stratton Community Hospital, 'Little Harbour' children's hospice, Devon Rape Crisis Centre and the official re-opening of the Old Duchy Palace in Lostwithiel.

 

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Duchy Nursery in Restormel

In 2013, the annual tour coincided with The Duchess's 66th birthday on 17 July. Her Royal Highness enjoyed celebrating in Cornwall with a hat-shaped cake and candles, as the Lostwithiel Town Band played 'Happy Birthday'.

Their Royal Highnesses have two family homes owned by the Duchy – Highgrove House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, and Llwynywermod in Wales. When visiting Cornwall they also like to stay at Restormel Manor, which is part of the Duchy estate.

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The Duke of Cornwall

The Duke of Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate established by Edward III in 1337 to provide independence to his son and heir, Prince Edward.

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The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall supports her husband, The Prince of Wales, in carrying out his work and duties as Heir to The Throne and Duke of Cornwall.

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History of the Duchy

History of the Duchy

The Duchy was created in 1337 by Edward III for his son and heir, Prince Edward. A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest surviving son of the Monarch and the heir to the throne.

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