A Princely Estate: The Duchy of Cornwall
The Duchy of Cornwall is England’s first and oldest dukedom founded in 1337 by King Edward III for his son and proclaimed heir, Richard of Woodstock – the Black Prince. The estate was created to provide the heir apparent to throne and his family with an income during the period he was Prince of Wales.
Today, almost 700 years later, the Duchy performs the same role it did at the outset. The present holder of the title is His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales and the estate will pass to his son, Prince William, when he accedes to the throne.
In his talk, Ian Cox will explore this unique English institution and look at its history, its holdings and some of its peculiarities. The work and stewardship of the Duchy by Prince Charles, the longest serving Duke of Cornwall, will be considered and projects such as the organic farm at Highgrove and Poundbury new town in Dorset will be highlighted.