On Thursday, May 23, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, to officially open the 2013 Hay Literary Festival held at Brecon Beacons National Park.
This fantastic ten-day festival brings together book lovers to, “…celebrate great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking…” notes the official website for the festival.
During their visit the royal couple toured the site and attended a reception, hosted by the School Library Association, with various authors. Afterward, The Duchess of Cornwall “…met with school children to participate in the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge” while The Prince of Wales, as patron “…met with local farmers.”
Whilst in village of Hay-on-Wye the royal couple visited local businesses and mingled with the people. In the evening, The Prince of Wales attended night one of the Welsh National Opera’s performance of Richard Wagner’s, Lohengrin, held at the Wales Millennium Center in Cardiff.