Wales Week 2022

Day One

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall started their annual visit to Wales with a tour of BBC Wales’s new Headquarters.

During the tour, The Prince visited the main studio, which is home to many of BBC Wales’s programmes including Scrum V and Match of the Day Wales.

Meanwhile, The Duchess joined a discussion about women working in media, and also representatives from BBC’s ‘Tiny Happy People’ initiative, followed by staff and students from the Welsh hub of the National Film and Television School.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at BBC Wales

Her Royal Highness also visited the set of Crimewatch Live where she spoke with the team including presenters Michelle Ackerley and Rav Wilding about their work, with a particular focus on the programme’s work tackling violence against women.

Their Royal Highnesses then had the chance to visit the statue of Betty Campbell in Cardiff's Central Square.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall view Betty Campbell's Statue

Mrs Campbell was the first black woman to become a headteacher in Wales. She worked as headteacher at Mount Stuart Primary in Butetown, Cardiff, and put black culture on the curriculum at her school, championing the nation’s multicultural heritage.

The Prince of Wales had previousy met Betty, who died in 2017, during a visit to her school in 1994.

As part of her commitment to highlight the work of domestic abuse charities and the work they do to support victims and survivors, The Duchess then visited RISE Cardiff.

RISE provides a response to Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) in Cardiff. RISE is delivered as a partnership between Cardiff Women’s Aid, who have been providing a grassroots response to violence against women since 1974, Bawso who provide specialist support to Black and minority ethnic women across Wales, and Llamau who work to end homelessness and provide specialist services including domestic abuse across Wales.

At Cardiff City Hall, The Prince of Wales, in his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, visted the Regiment to present Platinum Jubilee, Operational Medals, and two Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.

One of those receiving their Platinum Jubilee medal was their Mascot, Welsh Mountain Pony Lance Corporal Jones.

The Prince of Wales in Treorchy

Their Royal Highnesses then visited shops and businesses on Treorchy High Street before joining members of the community in the garden of The Lion pub.

In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses hosted an evening of music and drama, celebrating Welsh Culture.

Day Two

On Day Two of Wales Week, The Duchess of Cornwall, in her role as Patron of the National Literacy Trust, opened Millbrook Primary School’s new library.

The Library is part of the Trust’s nationwide Primary School Alliance campaign, which is working to transform 1,000 primary school libraries by 2025.

During the visit, The Duchess’ Birthday Books Project was announced. This new initiative will provide 25,000 children from 75 primary schools in disadvantaged areas across the UK with a wellbeing or happiness-themed ‘Kinderbox’ or mini library.

Her Royal Highness then visited Jamie’s Farm in Monmouth.

The Duchess has been Patron of Jamie’s Farm since 2014, and their Monmouth Site has enabled the charity to extend their programme to an additional 450 young people each year.

Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales had the chance to see oak saplings that have been planted to mark the Platinum Jubilee at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

His Royal Highness is Patron of the Gardens, which is committed to the wellbeing of people, plants and the planet through conservation, inspiration and education.

Day Three

The final day of Wales Week started at St Govan’s Head, where The Prince fo Wales celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, alongside the 10th anniversary of the Wales Coast Path and the 200th anniversary of HM Coastguard.

The Prince of Wales at Govan Head

Covering 243 square miles, it is one of the smallest yet most varied of the UK’s National Parks. Designated in 1952, primarily for its spectacular coastline, the Park encompasses a range of stunning landscapes, including hills, estuaries, valleys and woodlands.

His Royal Highness then visited the market town of Narberth, where he met local business owners and producers.

Narberth is famed for its lively mix of proudly independent shops – including boutiques, galleries, grocers, gift shops and antique stores, as well as delis, eateries and local producers. 

The Prince of Wales, Patron of the University of Wales then celebrated the University’s 200th anniversary at the Trinity Saint David Campus.

The bicentenary commemorates the establishment of St David’s College, Lampeter on 12th August 1822 when Bishop Thomas Burgess, Bishop of St David’s laid the foundation stone. It is the oldest degree awarding institution in Wales.

The day finished across the border in Hereford, where His Royal Highness officially opened in Hay Castle, which is opening its doors to the public for the first time in its 900-year history, following a major restoration project. 

Related content

The King's message marking two years of conflict in Ukraine

My heart goes out to all those affected, as I remember them in my thoughts and prayers.

24 February 2024

A message from His Majesty The King to Grenada marking their 50th year of Independence

On the occasion of the fiftieth Anniversary of the Independence of Grenada, it gives me great pleasure to send you all my congratulations and warmest good wishes.

07 February 2024

A message from His Majesty The King for the launch of Big Help Out 2024

I have long believed that one of the greatest strengths of our nation is our ability to come together and help each other through times of hardship. Throughout my life, I have...

31 January 2024

The Queen's Introduction to Queen Mary's Dolls' House's Modern-Day Miniature Library

It has continued to enchant generations of children and adults who come to marvel at its perfect proportions, extraordinary attention to detail and, perhaps above all, the...

30 January 2024
Press release 29 January 2024

A statement from Buckingham Palace

Read more
Press release 26 January 2024

A message from The King on Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Read more
Press release 25 January 2024

The King's Gold Medal for Poetry 2023

Read more

The Queen visits Swindon

22 January 2024
Queen Camilla smiles after unveiling a plaque during a visit to the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service's (SDASS) in Wiltshire, to mark the charity's 50th anniversary and highlight their work in support, prevention, education and early intervention, including work with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

A message from His Majesty The King to Their Majesties King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark

I look forward to working with you on ensuring that the enduring bond between our countries, and our families, remains strong, and to working together with you on issues which...

15 January 2024

A speech by His Majesty The King at the opening of COP28, Dubai, U.A.E

Change will come by working together and making it easier to embrace decisions that will sustain our world, rather than carry on as though there are no limits – or as though...

01 December 2023
Press release 29 November 2023

The King will visit Dubai to attend COP28 UAE

Read more

The King's speech at the State Banquet for the Republic of Korea

As our nations strive towards a harmony between progress and preservation, between the past and the present, we can look to the future with great confidence as our peoples...

21 November 2023

The Queen's speech at The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023

Well done to each and every one of you – you are quite brilliant and I have, as ever, enormously enjoyed reading your entries.

16 November 2023

The King turns 75

14 November 2023
The King

Remembrance 2023

09 November 2023
The King salutes The Cenotaph

Remarks by His Majesty The King at the United Nations Office Nairobi, Kenya

As we look ahead to COP twenty-eight in another months time, we must remember what President Ruto said at the Africa Climate Summit – “we go far when we go together”.

01 November 2023
Press release November 2023

The King will attend COP28 UAE

Read more

A Speech by His Majesty The King at the State Banquet, Kenya

We both take considerable pride in renewing the ties between the United Kingdom and Kenya, a country that has long held such special meaning for my family.

31 October 2023