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Prince Charles & The Duchess of Cornwall visit Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

We all do our ‘little bit’ for the community – but today was one of those day’s when doing that ‘little bit’ has a lovely twist to it.  The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, of whom I am a Board Member, has worked with the Princes Foundation for Building Community for many years and today we were rewarded with a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the School of Jewellery.

Weeks of planning and preparation were over in what seemed like a blink of the eye – but what struck me was the mere fact that everyone took it in their stride.  Yes there were dignitaries around, the press and of course security – but to all intents and purposes it was just as if HRH and his wife had just walked in to take a look around the building.  It is a huge testament to his team who allow them to be so natural wherever they visit although from chatting with them I don’t think they have much of an option.  The Prince has a passion for the Jewellery Quarter and has supported the area for many years and the Duchess thoroughly enjoyed her first tour around the School of Jewellery looking at the work of the students and the alumni.   She was overjoyed when she was presented with ‘his n her’ pens by Jack Row – our award winning designer from the School of Jewellery world famous for his ‘Gherkin’ pen.

Our Chairman and his board will be royally chuffed at the visit together with the School of Jewellery who will be celebrating their 125 years in 2015.

Well its back to work for me now – but if they are ever passing our way again – they will always be welcome to pop in for a cuppa at Barques!