A ROYAL visit from Prince Charles has delighted a local charity and school who are using his visit to mark the opening of new services.
As part of a whistle-stop tour of Stratford and Warwick, the prince will visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre before going to King Edward VI School and The Shakespeare Hospice on Monday (June 2).
The prince – who is president of the RSC – will be given a performance of Henry VI and meet some of the young people involved in the company’s school outreach programme.
He will then be given a tour of King Edward VI School’s Guildhall before unveiling a plaque to re-open the Guild Chapel – which has undergone recent repairs costing £250,000 and had a new organ installed complete with gold leaf pipes.
Helen Munro, Chief Executive of Stratford Town Trust – custodians of the chapel – said: “It will be a great privilege to welcome the Prince of Wales to the Chapel to celebrate its re-opening after 12 months of hard work carrying out repairs to the ceiling and walls. It has been a huge undertaking.
“We want the Guild Chapel to be used more and be there for the community of Stratford for worship, concerts and events. It is such a beautiful place.”
Following his visit to the school he will then officially open The Shakespeare Hospice’s Young People’s Services – which will offer support and care for 16 to 24-year-olds.
The Shottery-based hospice has had a new specialist wing built to cater specifically for young people who are carers, coping with a bereavement or suffering with a life limiting illness.
The prince will meet staff and volunteers at the hospice, which is this year celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Chief executive Angie Arnold said: “It is a great honour for all of us here and we are thrilled the prince will hear about all the exciting work that we are doing.
“It has been a very big year for us and this is a wonderful way to mark our anniversary.”