The Prince of Wales has visited a community organisation to meet the people involved and learn about projects which are transforming lives in the area.
Charles went to the Bromley by Bow Centre in east London, which he last visited in 2002, to see how it has approached health, well-being and social enterprise in the last decade.
He met doctors and patients from the centre’s GP practice as well as staff and clients from the Pollen project, which offers therapeutic, horticultural and art-related activities for people with mental health issues.
He also chatted with staff and clients from Arteast, which runs design and print enterprises, along with social entrepreneurs who have recently set up their own businesses through the centre’s Beyond Business programme.
Each week the centre supports families, young people and adults of all ages to improve their lives in areas such as health and employment. There are more than 100 projects and social enterprises ongoing at the centre, including complimentary therapies, art studios, a nursery, community care projects, landscape design, graphic design, furniture, public art and a community café.
Charles planted a tree in the centre’s garden in memory of Vanessa Barker, who founded one of the Bromley by Bow’s successful social enterprises, Green Dreams, which was a landscape gardening project.
The centre’s assistant chief executive, Dr Julia Davis, showed the Prince around the health centre today and said they talked about some of the centre’s programmes.
“There were lots of community members that came for the whole event and I think they were really excited,” she said.
“He seemed very impressed with what we’ve done here and what we’ve developed since 2002. I hope he was impressed. You rarely get that chance to showcase your work. I think it brings the whole community together and when something like this happens, well, there was a lot of excitement here today.”
Lord Andrew Mawson, founder and president of the centre, said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome Prince Charles back to the Bromley by Bow Centre, and even more of an honour to introduce him to the people and partners that are helping us to transform lives here in Bow.”
The Duchess, who is patron of the National Literacy Trust, the Wicked Young Writers’ Award, Booktrust and First Story, met with “…Transport for London (TfL) employees who are taking part in Improve Your English course…”
During the event, the Duchess of Cornwall read an extract from Tony Parsons novel, Beyond The Bounty. When asked how she felt reading aloud to the students the Duchess replied, “…it was nerve wrecking…”
Sources: Press Association and Royal.gov.uk
As you know by now, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is currently on an official and state visit to West Africa.
During his time in Mali Prince Albert II signed a tax agreement between Mali and Monaco “…validating a principle of no double taxation…” Afterward, the sovereign prince visited the Sickle Cell Disease Research and Control Centre as well as the Charles Mérieux Centre co-funded by the Monégasque Office of International Cooperation.
Prince Albert II of Monaco arriving in Mali
On February 16, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the opening of the 31st Edition of the Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ARCO Madrid in Madrid, Spain.
The royal couple were accompanied by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Mr. José Ignacio Wert, the Mayor of Madrid, Ms. Ana Botella, and the ambassadors of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Spain, Mr. Peter Paul Van Wulfften, the Portuguese Republic in Spain, Mr. Álvaro Mendonça and the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Ayuman Zaineldine.
During their visit Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia viewed various artworks including two by the late Catalan artist, Antoni Tàpies, who passed away on February 6, 2012.
To learn more about Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ARCO Madrid please click here.
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On February 16, 2012, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium along with Queen Fabiola, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, T.I.R.H.s Prince Lorenz and Princess Astrid, T.R.H.s Princess Claire and Prince Laurent of Belgium attended Mass at L’église Notre-Dame in Laeken.
The purpose of today’s Mass was to honor and remember deceased members of the Belgian royal family.
Source: La Monarchie Belge
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