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Royal Bluegrass: Prince Charles Coming to Kentucky

Prince Charles will visit Kentucky next month, the British Royal Family announced on Friday.

Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Washington, DC and Louisville. The visit to the nation's capital is scheduled for March 17-20 and then the heir and his wife come to Louisville on March 20.

In Louisville, they will highlight the work being done by members of the local community and charitable organizations to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of the people of Kentucky's largest city through community cohesion, clean air, and food literacy initiatives, according to a news release.

Central to The Prince of Wales's program in Louisville is a symposium on health where His Royal Highness will give a keynote address to an audience of health practitioners, business, faith and community leaders about links between health and the natural environment. Highlighting the same theme, the Duchess will visit a food literacy project for young people at a local farm. The project also offers young people an opportunity to experience life on a farm in order to help increase their knowledge of the connection between food and farming. 

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln. In Washington DC, the Prince and the Duchess will visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which is set in the same grounds as the Lincoln Cottage, where it is believed Abraham Lincoln wrote the last draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Named 'The Soldier's Home' when it was established in 1851, the Armed Forces Retirement Home is America's oldest veterans' retirement home. During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Mount Vernon, which was the home of the First President of the United States, George Washington, who presided over the convention that drafted the US Constitution. To further highlight the historical links between the UK and the US, The Prince of Wales will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta during a visit to the National Archives where he will view the "Charters of Freedom" and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta, which is embodied in the American Bill of Rights and the Constitution. 

-Staff report

Photo: Prince Charles (via Wiki Commons)

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