His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, popped into our Head Office in his capacity as both our President and our landlord today. Meeting with Country Directors from Africa, as well as Trustees from the UK, US and Germany, The Prince also took the time to run his eye over the new building being developed on the site, unveiling a new plaque which will be installed upon completion.

   His Royal Highness unveils a plaque commemorating his visit

In what might be one of his more unusual Royal engagements, His Royal Highness came face to face with a life-size Holstein cow called Milky May and her ‘carer’ Mark Hillman one of our volunteer Ambassadors, who takes Milky May all around the country visiting schools and groups to promote our work. Milky May is fully 'milkable', and though the opportunity to 'have a go' was offered to the Prince, he politely declined!

Joyce Majiwa, a member of the Kenyan Board, met with His Royal Highness and said he spoke knowledgeably to her about the importance of women in farming in Africa and the need to continually empower them. He also discussed the importance of encouraging young people to work in agriculture with new UK Trustee, Liz Wallace.

I do congratulate you on all your work, it’s very important to keep smallholders going. It’s vital

In meeting Manthethe Monethi, Country Director for Lesotho, The Prince was keen to discuss the current challenges facing the country, something he is very familiar with due to his son, Prince Harry's links to Lesotho.

   Lucy Barnes 'passes on' our gift to The Prince.

Former Chief Executive Simon Barnes escorted His Royal Highness throughout the visit and presented him with a previously unseen photograph of Her Majesty the Queen as a young Princess which he and his wife, Lucy, had received as a wedding present: “I’ll see if Ma-ma remembers it,’’ said His Royal Highness, “and remembers what she was wearing when it was taken.”