On St David’s Day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Abergavenny and Blaenavon in Wales to learn about the importance of the agricultural industry to rural populations and how community organisations are providing support to young people while also celebrating the history of the region.
Their Royal Highnesses will first visit Pant Farm near Abergavenny, a goat farm that has been providing milk to a local cheese producer for nearly 20 years. Their Royal Highnesses will be given a tour of the farm by farmers Gary and Jess Yeomans. They will hear about the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector and how the farm works with local industries and services.
The Duke and Duchess will also meet with representatives of the wider farming sector, both in Wales and across the UK, as well as those secondarily employed by the industry to gain a better understanding of how the agricultural sector underpins so much of the local economy.
Following their time at Pant Farm, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Abergavenny Market to see first- hand how important local suppliers are to rural communities and to mark St David’s Day.
In Blaenavon, The Duke and Duchess will visit the Blaenavon Hwb, a community-focused youth centre that helps to support over 600 local young people.
In keeping with many South Wales valley towns, Blaenavon has had to overcome economic hardship in the last 30 years and the Hwb is playing its part by ensuring that the next generation are able to reach their potential by providing a space for alternative education and supporting care-experienced and vulnerable young people.
Their Royal Highnesses will meet with some of those who have been supported by the centre to learn about their experiences. They will also have the opportunity to take part in some of the activities the centre lays on, which on this St David’s Day includes making Welsh cakes.
While the decline of the mining industry has led to some of the challenges faced today, Blaenavon’s history is an important part of its identity, with parts of the town and surrounding area recognised in 2000 as a World Heritage Site – an outstanding example of how the 18th-19th Century iron and coal industry in Wales drove the Industrial Revolution.
The Heritage Site, in partnership with the Blaenavon Hwb, uses the power of culture to empower young people’s voices and helps to promote the area’s rich history through the World Heritage Youth Ambassador programme. World Heritage Youth Ambassadors get involved in organising events, managing workshops and building networks with other World Heritage Sites around the world.
Their Royal Highnesses will meet a number of these young Ambassadors, before travelling to the World Heritage Site visitor centre to learn more about the history of Blaenavon and the importance of the Ambassador programme.
The Duke and Duchess will also take the opportunity to celebrate an important historical moment as they “plant a tree for the Jubilee” in Blaenavon as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.