In a foreword to a special edition of the National trust magazine, Prince Charles has said that Coronavirus is “challenging society” in a way that people have not experienced for generations. This particular magazine was marking the National Trust’s 125th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Prince of Wales being President.
The publication, which will be delivered to trust members of Tuesday, will see Charles comment, “I believe passionately that today’s challenges will make the National trust more important than ever. And, as I write this now, events are progressing at the most extraordinary pace and touching all our lives. The global spread of coronavirus is challenging society in a way that we have not experienced for generations and as a direct impact it has, of course, necessitated the temporary closure of the National Trust’s properties, parks and gardens too.”
It is estimated that the National Trust will lose up to £200 million this year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the organisation has appealed to the Government for urgent support after halting a number of projects due to the outbreak.
Prince Charles continued, “Sadly, the situation has also forced the cancellation of the 125th Anniversary Garden Party that was due to take place at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 14th May, when I had much been looking forward to meeting many of you. While this is undoubtedly a great shame, I know the anniversary will not be overlooked and I shall do whatever I can to play my part in celebrating this important milestone – however remotely.”
The National Trust was founded in 1895 and given statutory powers beginning with the National trust Act 1907. Some of its most visited sites include Giants Causeway, Cliveden, Waddesdon Manor and Stourhead.
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