True blue! Duchess of Cornwall looks relaxed in a casual shift dress as she thanks young carers for the ‘brilliant job’ they do on a visit to a youth outdoor activity centre in Wiltshire
- Camilla, 72, visited the Youth Action Oxenwood Outdoor Activity in Wiltshire
- She was reopening the centre after its temporary closure to the coronavirus
- Met with four teenagers helping with care of their relatives who attend centre
The Duchess of Cornwall has thanked young carers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, praising them for a ‘most brilliant job’.
Camilla, 72, headed to the Youth Action Wiltshire Oxenwood Outdoor Activity Centre near Marlborough, to meet with staff and young carers who use the facilities this afternoon.
She was re-opening the centre, which offers activities such as archery and shooting to children of all ages, and had temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The centre, which is run by the Community First charity, offers support to vulnerable young carers through a range of outdoor activities, helping to develop skills and build their self-esteem and confidence.
During her visit, the Duchess thanked teenage carers for all their efforts and listened as they spoke of their experiences during lockdown.
‘I would just like to say a huge thank you to young carers because you all do the most brilliant job,’ the duchess said.
The Duchess of Cornwall looked relaxed during a solo event in Wiltshire. Camilla, 72, headed to the Youth Action Wiltshire Oxenwood Outdoor Activity Centre near Marlborough, to meet with staff and young carers
Dressed in a blue shift dress, Prince Charles’ wife thanked the young carers present for the ‘brilliant job’ they do
For the occasion, Prince Charles’ wife opted for a casual look with a blue shift dress and camel ballet shoes, a look she also sported in June during a visit to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with the Prince of Wales.
Dressed comfortably for the engagement, Camilla opted not to wear a mask and kept a safe distance from the young carers who had come to greet her.
She accessorised with a pair of drop pearl earrings, a silver bracelet and a smart watch.
Her blonde bob was styled in an impeccable blow-dry, and she sported a dash of blush for a healthy glow.
The Duchess of Cornwall chats with dignitaries during a visit to the Youth Action Wiltshire Oxenwood Outdoor Activity Centre
Camilla thanked the teenage carers for their hard work and said she knew how hard lockdown had been on them
She listened intently to the carers and rejoiced that they soon would be able to resume their activities.
The teenagers, aged 15 or 16 and from Wiltshire, help with the care of a parent or sibling.
They each chatted to Camilla about their experiences of the coronavirus lockdown and the duchess then watched them practise archery.
Before departing, the royal cut a ribbon to mark the formal reopening of the centre, which closed because of the lockdown.
The Duchess seemed impressed as she watched the young carers practice archery, one of the activities offered at the centre
Camilla flashed big smiles at the young carers. Before she left the centre, she cut a ribbon to mark the official reopening of the centre
‘I am so thrilled that you are able to come here and use this centre for your activities, ‘the Duchess told them.
‘I just want to say how grateful everybody is for all you do as I know how hard it’s been, especially over lockdown.
‘To be able to come here and enjoy yourselves is so important.
The Duchess heard how the four teenagers, who help with the care of their relatives, had experienced lockdown
The Duchess of Cornwall places her hands together as she greets dignitaries during a visit to the Youth Action Wiltshire Oxenwood Outdoor Activity Centre
‘As patron of Community First, I would just like to say thank you very much for all you do, and I don’t think you ever get thanked enough.’
There are nearly 900 young carers in Wiltshire aged between five and 18, and during lockdown the charity identified the most vulnerable and continued to offer them support.
One of the young carers, Caitlyn Newble, 16, from Trowbridge, provides support to her sister and mother, and afterwards spoke of meeting the duchess.
‘It was really wonderful and she’s really, really lovely,’ she said.
‘We have activities like archery, the shooting ranges.
‘As a young carer, I come here for activity days to get me out from home, to have some fresh air and somewhere to learn new skills.’
The Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centre was originally built in 1904 as a primary school and when the school closed in 1968, it became a field studies centre.
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