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Prince of Wales' fund gives £50,000 to flood relief

The Prince of Wales' Countryside Fund is to donate £50,000 from its emergency fund to help farmers and rural communities in Somerset.

The news was announced as Prince Charles attended a reception at Stoke St Gregory village hall today meeting some of the organisations providing support to the region and hearing first-hand about those struggling with severe flooding as a result of the wettest January since records began.

The Duke of Westminster has confirmed he will personally match the funding and donate an additional £50,000 taking the total available to £100,000.

Prince Harry to open new centre at Devonport

Prince Harry will formally open the Royal Navy's new £30m amphibious centre at the Devonport. Credit: Andrew Winning/PA Wire

Prince Harry is due in Plymouth today.

He'll formally open the Royal Navy's new £30m amphibious centre at the Devonport Naval Base on Friday.

Royal Marines Tamar will be a centre of operations for small craft, hovercraft and fast boats and will train marines in coastal and river landings.

The prince will also attend a parade and reception at the centre.


Welcoming the new arrival in the West Country

The West Country has today been welcoming the arrival of William and Kate's baby son. The little boy, who has yet to be named, will eventually become the Duke of Cornwall.

And across the region people have been marking the occasion - no more so than a family from Penzance, whose latest addition was also born yesterday.

Jeff Welch has this report:

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Prince Charles: My wife and I are overjoyed

Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.

– The Prince of Wales


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Camilla to celebrate 66th birthday in Cornwall

Camilla pictured boarding a Royal National Lifeboat Institute craft at Brixham Marina yesterday. Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall will celebrate her 66th birthday with members of the public in Cornwall today.

Camilla and Charles will conclude their three-day tour of Devon and Cornwall in Lostwithiel.

They arrived in the region on Monday and have spent their trip "waiting by the phone" for news of the royal baby.

After the engagement, the royals will head to Lostwithiel Parade Square to meet schoolchildren, members of the local community and the Lostwithiel Town Band.

Camilla is to be presented with a cake to mark her birthday and the band will play Happy Birthday to her.

Prince Charles to visit Devon and Cornwall

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Heartlands Community Regeneration Project in Truro last year. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will begin an annual tour of Cornwall and Devon on Monday.

They'll visit Bude as well as Lostwithiel on The Duchess's birthday, where the pair will meet members of the community and mark the re-opening of the Duchy Palace.

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Pictures: Prince Charles unveils coronation meadows

Prince Charles has unveiled his Coronation Meadows project - his own tribute to the Queen, to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation.

60 meadows across the UK have been given regal status - there's one in every county of the South West.

Today's launch was in the Prince's home Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.

Prince Charles & guest in coronation meadow Credit: ITV Westcountry
A view across the coronation meadow towards the old oak trees Credit: ITV Westcountry
Coronation meadow Credit: ITV Westcountry
Prince charles meeting conservationists at Highrove Credit: ITV Westcountry
The view across coronation meadow towards Highgrove House Credit: ITV Westcountry
Wildflowers in the coronation meadow at Highgrove house. Credit: ITV Westcountry
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