The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities during a day of engagements in Cumbria.
Their Royal Highnesses met members of the local rural community involved in farming, mountain rescue and wildlife conservation in the beautiful Lake District.
The Duke and Duchess began their afternoon with a visit to the market town of Keswick where joined a celebration to recognise the contribution of individuals and local organisations in supporting communities and families across Cumbria.
They met volunteers including those from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and other organisations that have benefitted from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation.
The Duke and Duchess visited a traditional fell sheep farm – Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale – where they met the Brown family who have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s. They joined the family and members of The Farmer Network for a kitchen table discussion before meeting some four-legged members of the team – their flock of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep.
Finally, Their Royal Highnesses joined the Cumbria Wildlife Trust on a nature walk, learning more about conservation measures being undertaken with the Lake District National Park and enjoying some of the most beautiful views in Cumbria.