Duke And Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Scilly

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall managed to pack a full itinerary into their visit to St Marys and Bryher yesterday, even though their arrival was delayed by the weather.

The trip was arranged as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and to mark 60 years of Prince Charles’ role as Duke of Cornwall.

Their helicopter from Newquay landed at St Mary’s around an hour late, due to the mist and fog.

But the wet weather didn’t stop a sizeable crowd turning out to the Five Islands School, where the Royal couple met staff and students and unveiled a stone plaque to mark the opening of the £15m school.

The Duke and Duchess visited a nursery class where they helped the young pupils with their maths, followed by a tour of the vegetable garden that the children had planted

The couple then had a chance to meet art students taking part in a still life class. Jaime Locke was one of the students who spoke to the Duchess.

Prince Charles demonstrated a keen interest in the design and technology class and was shown how to use a lathe by pupil Jack Gilette.

The royal couple then returned to the school quadrangle, by this time packed with schoolchildren, to unveil the plaque to the new school.

Camilla then visited the new veterinary surgery where she met volunteers involved with the Veterinary Support Group, as well as islands’ vet Heike Dorn.

Heike gave the Duchess a tour of the building and introduced her to Jemima, a 12-year-old duck, who posed happily for photos with the distinguished guest.

Camilla also met Islands’ vet Heike Dorn’s three-legged dog, Padme.

Heike seemed to enjoy the visit from the Duchess and described her as, “just another country girl.”

She said, as a German, she hadn’t expected to get so excited, but she was impressed by how comfortable the Duchess was with animals. She also talked about the Duchess’ vet, who Heike used to work for.

The Duke and Duchess then had private lunchtime meetings with Duchy tenants and LAG grant recipients, followed by another chance to meet the public on St Mary’s quay, before heading over the Bryher on the Harbourmaster’s boat, Pegasus.

To the delight of the waiting crowd on the beach at Bryher, the Duchess threw off her shoes and walked over to the Men-A-Vaur gig in bare feet. The royal couple met the Tresco and Bryher gig crew and had a chance to tour the recently refurbished Sussex gig shed.

The Duke and Duchess also visited the LAG-funded Bryher Shop where Prince Charles asked if he could buy a piece of Scillonian Tatty cake for on the helicopter home, much to the surprise of shop worker Anna Wilcox, who asked whether, “he wanted that wrapping?”

Prince Charles was also overheard asking, tongue in cheek, whether there where any Duchy Original biscuits in the shop.

It was then on to the next door gallery, owned by local artist Richard Pearce, before a final public engagement meeting island residents at the Bryher Community Centre where a buffet tea was laid on.

The royal photographer, Arthur Edwards from the Sun Newspaper, said the visit had been great and he particularly enjoyed the photo opportunities with the duck at the vet’s surgery.

Although the weather could have shown Scilly in a better light, the royal couple seemed to enjoy their visit and where obviously very relaxed and comfortable on the islands.

You can see more photos from the Royal couple’s visit in our gallery here.