Prince Charles's summer tour of Wales starts in Carmarthen

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Image caption Prince Charles dons the appropriate clothing for his visit to the Cnwd Food Company

Prince Charles has started his annual summer tour of Wales with visits to three family businesses.

Every summer the prince and the Duchess of Cornwall spend a week at Llwynywermod, their farmhouse home in Carmarthenshire, and make a series of visits around Wales.

The theme this year is "celebrating Wales, past, present and future".

He began in south west Wales, touring a food firm using traditional techniques, a woollen mill and a cheese factory.

The prince was shown how staff at Cnwd Food Company at Cross Hands prepare and smoke sewin, which are caught locally from coracles using traditional methods.

The company makes products sourced from ingredients found in Carmarthenshire.

Next, the prince moved on to Melin Tregwynt woollen mill near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, in his role as patron of the Campaign for Wool, where he also met staff.

The heritage site has been adapted for modern use and employs 30 people in textile production.

He also attended an event celebrating the growth of the rural heritage and textiles industries in Wales, organised by Creative Skillset Cymru.

He rounded off day one with a tour of the Caws Cenarth cheese factory at Lancych, Carmarthenshire, which he last visited in 1998.

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Image caption Prince Charles is greeted by 95-year-old Nancy Davies of Llandybie outside the Cnwd factory
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Image caption Sean Jenkins talks the prince through the principles of weaving at Melin Tregwynt woolen mill
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Image caption The prince was shown racks of locally-caught sewin being smoked during his visit to Cnwd Food Company
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Media captionThe theme of this year's summer tour is "celebrating Wales, past, present and future"

Highlights of the week include the royal couple commemorating Wales' coal mining heritage with a visit to the Welsh national mining memorial at the scene of Britain's worst pit disaster.

They will lay a wreath on Thursday at the memorial in Senghenydd near Caerphilly where an explosion killed 439 miners and a rescuer at Universal Colliery in 1913.

The memorial was unveiled last year on the site of the colliery, exactly 100 years on from the disaster.

Image caption The national mining memorial was unveiled last year

Monday, 30 June

  • Prince Charles sees parts of the production process at Cnwd Food Company, Cross Hands
  • The prince tours Melin Tregwynt woollen mill near Fishguard before attending a reception organised by Creative Skillset Cymru, Haverfordwest
  • He also tours the Caws Cenarth cheese factory in Carmarthenshire

Tuesday, 1 July

  • The royal couple will tour the newly restored Galilee Chapel of St Illtud's Church in the Vale of Glamorgan
  • They will visit Dyffryn House and gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan
  • The prince visits Sony UK Technology Centre in Bridgend
  • The duchess visits the Welsh National War Memorial in Cardiff
  • The duchess will also meet staff and patients and will learn more about Arthritis Research UK's work, at Cardiff University
  • The royal couple host a reception at Llwynywermod to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas

Thursday, 3 July

  • The royal couple will lay a wreath at the Welsh national mining memorial in Senghenydd before touring and officially opening Aber Valley Heritage Museum
  • The duchess visits Usk to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Britain in Bloom competition
  • The prince will see restoration and development plans during a visit to Llwyn Celyn farmstead, Crucorney Fawr
  • The prince will visit the family-run Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice company in Crickhowell, Powys

Friday, 4 July

  • The prince visits the Plough Chapel in Brecon

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