HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visit Hay

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visit Hay

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited Hay Festival to the cheer of thousands of school children at the pretty festival site.

Calling in to Hay on market day, they visited regeneration projects. The Cheese Market aims to restore the old Town Hall building. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall toured Hay Castle with National Trust Wales director Justin Albert. Their Royal Highnesses heard about Hay Castle Trust’s plans to restore the castle to the centre of the town’s life.

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall came to Hay Festival to a wild cheer from children lining the walkways. They attended a reception given by the Schools Libraries Association after which the Prince of Wales toured the festival site and met the environmentalists leading the Hay-on-Earth programme, Landmarc Support Services leaders who are working with the Countryside Fund and spoke with local farmers, John and Helen Price, Penny Chantler and William Powell with local Hay vet Barney Sampson to talk about the current challenges of our rural economy.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall met with literacy project leaders – John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International briefed HRH on PEN’s work in Africa; HRH met with Phil Forder who runs Hay in the Parc – the literary festival in Parc Prison, Bridgend and with two former offenders who’d worked on the project; HRH met with representatives of the Welsh Universities participating in the nationwide Scribblers Tour she launched at Hay in 2011; and she met with Andy Fryers and Heather Salisbury, leaders of the Comenius Project – a Wales/Norway environmental and literary project. Luca Norton (11)  of Hay Primary School told her a tale.

Their Royal Highnesses then visited the Hay Festival Bookshop where they met children’s writers who had been speaking at the festival today.  The Duchess of Cornwall unveiled the Summer Reading Challenge for 2013. The Summer Reading Challenge is organised by The Reading Agency with whom the festival will be working on library-based initiatives nationwide.