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Duchess of Cornwall visits Kent, 15th October, 2014

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall started her trip to Kent on 15th October with a visit to her brother the late Mark Shand’s former school, St Ronan’s School in Hawkhurst. Mark Shand sadly died earlier this year, and  HRH visited the school to dedicate a new all-weather pitch in his memory.

Met by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, HRH was introduced to  Headteacher  William Trelawny-Vernon who gave the Duchess  a tour of  the school, where she met staff and pupils, and also some Old Ronians, many of whom had been at the school while her brother had been a pupil.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall cutting Chardonnay grapes from the vine. (c) Chapel Down

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall cutting Chardonnay grapes from the vine. (c) Chapel Down

The Duchess of Cornwall then went on to visit Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, where she was greeted by Deputy Lieutenant Lt Col (Retd) Richard Dixon TD DL who introduced her to Chief Executive, Frazer Thompson.

HRH became patron of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association in 2011 and is a supporter of home-grown British produce.

Starting with a tour of the vines, Vineyard Manager Richard Lewis talked her through the production process, after which she visited the wine room where she started the pressing of some grapes before attending a reception.

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