Camilla Opens New Hospice in East Sussex

  March 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall spent the day today in East Sussex, where she undertook three engagements in various towns in the county.

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Her first stop was Eastbourne to officially open the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The hospice, which was opened to patients in November, cost £11.5 million, and relies mostly on donations to allow its patients to receive care at not cost. The Duchess unveiled a plaque to mark the opening, and said that the hospice had a “wonderful, uplifting feeling” and that “as a native of Sussex, it’s always a real treat to come back here again.”

Camilla, wearing an olive green tweed coat dress paired with black suede boots and a turtle brooch, toured the facility’s 20-bed inpatient wing, and spoke with patients training in the physiotherapy gym.

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It was then on to Plumpton College, which will begin offering the United Kingdom’s first postgraduate degree in wine production later this year, where the Duchess – donning a white lab coat – toured the new Plumpton Wine Research Centre wine laboratory and bottling plant. During the tour, the Duchess was given the opportunity to taste-test some of the wines produced at the College, while speaking with students and teachers.

She is patron of the Plumpton College Charitable Foundation and of the UK Vineyards Association.

The final engagement of the day in East Sussex was a visit to the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, of which Camilla is also patron. The museum was reopened in September after a £2.3 million redevelopment. The Duchess toured the museum and meet with staff and volunteers.

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