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Prince Charles visits endangered White Park Cattle

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Prince Charles has been learning about efforts to save White Park Cattle from extinction.

HRH the Prince of Wales visited Dinefwr Park in Llandeilo this afternoon.

White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines in medieval Wales. Credit: ITV News

White Park Cattle have grazed the land in Wales for more than 1000 years but today there are just 750 breeding females left in the world.

This makes White Park Cattle rarer than the Giant Panda.

The National Trust wants to urgently increase the number of cows in the Dinefwr herd not only to save this animal from extinction, but to safeguard important links to Welsh history and to help sustain rare wildflower hay meadows.

History of White Park Cattle

The first recorded evidence in Wales can be traced back to the Laws of Hywel Dda, King of the old Welsh Kingdom of Deheubarth who lived between 880 and 950.

Hywel Dda had all the old laws of Wales collated to produce the first codified work of laws to govern Wales as one nation.

The old laws revealed that White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines and indicated a long-established tradition of this distinctive breed being used as currency.

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Prince Charles to visit Cwmbran school children

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Prince Charles is due to meet with school children and ex-service personnel on a tour of South Wales today.

The Prince of Wales will meet with Cwmbran school children taking part in a climate change education programme run by the charity, Size of Wales,

He will then go on to visit ex-service personnel in Nantgarw, before heading west where he will learn about efforts to save White Park Cattle from extinction at Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo.

Prince Charles embarks on final day of Wales tour

It's the final day of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's Summer tour of Wales.

Today the royal couple will visit the recently-restored 17th century Plough Chapel in Brecon.

Prince Charles and Camilla have visited a variety of sites in Wales during their tour Credit: PA Images

The Grade II listed building takes its name from an old pub which used to stand on the site. The Chapel acts as a popular concert venue as well as holding regular services.

In August each year, the Chapel plays a key role in the Brecon Jazz Festival, traditionally hosting a Jazz concert and Songs of Praise.

Prince Charles continues summer tour of Wales

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are on their fourth day of their summer tour Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will pay tribute to Wales' coal mining and farming past as they continue their summer tour.

It's the fourth day of their visit. Senghenydd and Usk are on their itinerary.

The Royal couple will lay a wreath at the Welsh National Mining Memorial in Senghenydd, which was unveiled last year.

The Duchess of Cornwall will also tour a number of locations in Usk to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 'Britain in Bloom' competition, now run by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Despite the fact that Usk only has a population of c.2000, it has around 90 clubs and societies.

Some focus their efforts on making the town look its best through the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

The town's competition effort is paid for from public fundraising.

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Prince Charles offers support to flood-hit Somerset

The Prince of Wales (centre) steps from a boat after travelling to the flood-hit community of Muchleney. Credit: PA Wire
The Prince of Wales arrives to speak with members of the flood-hit community in the village of Stoke St Gregory. Credit: PA Wire
The Prince of Wales boards a small rescue boat to travel to a flood-hit community. Credit: PA Wire
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Prince Charles visits cut-off village in Somerset

Prince Charles has been transported by boat to the cut-off village of Muchelney in Somerset.

Prince Charles making his way to Muchelney Credit: ITN

The prince was then given a tour of the area on the back of a tractor, to see for himself what locals have had to deal with in the flood-hit region.

Prince Charles is accompanied by emergency workers Credit: ITN

The Prince of Wales was meeting residents, farmers and business owners in his tour of Somerset.

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Prince Charles meets Somerset's flood-hit residents

Prince Charles has met with residents affected by the fierce flooding in Somerset.

Prince Charles speaks with residents in Stoke St Gregory, Somerset Credit: Pool

The prince made his visit during a sunny spell, although another wave of bad weather is expected to hit the region between 3-pm today and 11pm tomorrow, according to Met Office forecasters.

Emergency service workers meet the prince on his visit to Somerset. Credit: Pool

The Prince will also talk to residents, farmers and business owners in Muchelney.

Prince of Wales spends day in South Wales

Prince Charles has been in South Wales today to celebrate anniversaries and achievements.

He started at the offices of the Abergavenny Chronicle meeting staff and celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Brecon and Radnor Express.

After then he visited Tredegar House to meet the mentors who have been helping the over fifties get back into work. He finished the day at the Ewenny Priory.

Megan Boot reports.

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