The Earl & Countess visit Devon

TRH’s continued ‘Best of Wessex’ birthday tour, to celebrate 50th birthday of Prince Edward. The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Otter Brewery, The Good Pub Guide’s ‘Brewery of the Year’, which champions the on-trade across the South West assisting local sports clubs & community groups. Arriving by helicopter, the couple were met by three generations of the McCaig family before being introduced to members of the office team.

© photo by Richard Austin; courtesy of Quickes Traditional Ltd

// After the brewery, the group were escorted down to the Eco Cellar by Patrick and David McCaig for a tour and demonstration of how the state of the art building works. Patrick McCaig commented: “What a day for the brewery! The Earl and Countess were charming and very interested in what we do here. Infact both wanted to try filling one of the casks so we happily let them. Our whole family (and it is a large family!) were here to meet them as well as some of our staff’s children. They finished their trip with a quick taste in the bar and then it was back in to the sky again.” Read full article at Express & Echo.

© photo by Richard Austin; courtesy of Quickes Traditional Ltd

Next step, visit to the Quickes Traditional Limited, Home Farm, Newton St. Cyres, Exeter, Devon.At Quickes Traditional, award-winning traditional cheeses are made, using milk from dairy herd. Every truckle is handmade by one of nine skilled cheese makers before being wrapped in muslin and carefully matured for anything up to 24 months.

© photo by Richard Austin; courtesy of Quickes Traditional Ltd

The Quicke family have been farming at Home Farm, near the village of Newton St. Cyres in the South West of England, for over 450 years. 25 years ago Sir John Quicke and his wife Prue built the dairy, where Sir John’s daughter Mary continues to produce outstanding cheeses today. You can learn more here.

© photo by Richard Austin; courtesy of Quickes Traditional Ltd

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie spent one hour at the farm after being invited by Quickes managing director Mary Quicke to officially mark the opening of Quickes new farm kitchen. Mary said: “It was lovely, they are so natural and interested in farming and in food. I felt a bit bad because I was moving them along as I wanted them to see everything we do, but it was just wonderful and a tremendous honour.” After a tour of the Dairy and Farm Shop the Royal party visited the new pop up café – Quickes Farm Kitchen. Prince Edward officially opened the café by unveiling a cheese-shaped wooden plaque which had been placed on top of three cylinders of the producers’ cheese. Read more here & here.

© photo by Richard Austin; courtesy of Quickes Traditional Ltd

Later TRH’s separated to attend solo engagements, Prince Edward visited the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and local employers at Wyvern Barracks, Exeter, Devon. While the Countess visited Whetman Pinks Limited, the UK’s leading breeder and propagator of award winning perfumed Pinks and Dianthus with a worldwide reputation for quality.
© Matt Austin Images via Twitter feed

// Final step, visit to Powderham Church (a beautiful old church on the Exe Estuary, adjacent to the grounds of Powderham Castle), followed with a Reception for Devon Historic Churches Trust at Powderham Castle. The Earl & Countess visited Powderham Church to meet the congregation and support them in the challenges they face with maintaining and preserving this historic building.
courtesy of Powderham Castle via its Facebook site, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit

During the visit to St Clements, Lady Katherine Watney briefed them on the significant history of the church, not least its role in the Civil War, forming part of the siege of Powderham Castle. Hugh Harrison a leading national expert on historic screens and woodwork, illustrated the particular beauty of the church screen and the need for significant work to be undertaken to ensure its survival. Andrew Johnson, one of Devon’s most skilled stained glass window restorers then escorted Their Royal Highnesses round the church to inspect the works that had been recently completed. After meeting the congregation they departed to the sound of the bells pealing in pleasure at the significance of the visit.
courtesy of Powderham Castle via its Facebook site, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit

The Earl & Countess of Wessex then attended an evening Reception at Powderham Castle by kind invitation of the Earl & Countess of Devon. This was a truly memorable occasion when over 200 guests gathered to meet Their Royal Highnesses in these glorious surroundings. Key volunteers and supporters from all parts of Devon were formally Presented and the guests were very privileged to meet the Royal couple as they mingled during the evening.
courtesy of Powderham Castle via its Facebook site, click on pic to view full gallery from the visit

This significant event was given a delightful added zest with a recital by Paul Morgan (emeritus organist at Exeter Cathedral) on the newly restored castle organ and a warmly applauded choral programme performed by the girls’ choir of Maynard School, Exeter. The evening, which was sponsored by Savills estate agents and supported by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood fine art auctioneers, together with Louise Crossman Architects drew to a close in a spectacular manner with Their Royal Highnesses departing by helicopter from the park in front of Powderham Castle whilst the guests waved adieu from the lawns. After Powderham Castle Facebook post.

Outfit & jewellery:
Alexander McQueen Wide collar crepe jacket.
Dries Van Noten dress, first seen in 2012.
Sophie Habsburg Design clutch.
LK Bennett Harley pumps.
UFO blue topaz earrings.
ToyWatch TB04.

One thought on “The Earl & Countess visit Devon

  1. Future Crayon

    Beer, champagne, canapes and cheese – sounds like the perfect day, to me!

    Personally, I'm not sure that the jacket works with the dress (although I like both separately) but she's looking pretty, happy and comfortable in her skin so it doesn't really matter.

    I do hope she's due a tiara event soon…


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