The Duchess of Cornwall has been named President of Bees for Development, a charity that promotes beekeeping as a way to combat poverty. The announcement of The Duchess of Cornwall as President was made on World Bee Day.

The Duchess of Cornwall is an avid beekeeper herself and has an array of hives in her garden in Wiltshire. In a video to mark World Bee Day and her new appointment, Camilla described how bees are not only “vital to the natural world” but how they provide a much needed income for those who live in the poorest parts of the world.

In the video message Camilla said, “Today, on World Bee Day, it is a huge pleasure to speak to you as the first President of Bees for Development. As we all know, bees are vital to the natural world and an essential part of our fragile ecology. Keeping bees and harvesting honey is an old-age tradition. But this remarkable charity has found a way to use the busy bee to alleviate poverty and encourage biodiversity.”

The Duchess of Cornwall began keeping bees at her private home in Raymill in 2010. The honey from her bees is sold by Fortnum and Mason for charity each year.

Camilla continued, “Every year the honey from my hives is harvested and sold for charity, and I am delighted that this year’s honey crop will help Bees for Development continue their very important work. May I wish you all a very happy World Bee Day.

The charity currently provides free information and support to beekeepers in developing nations and works directly with community projects in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somaliland, Uganda and Zambia.

Buckingham Palace is home to four Italian honey bee hives and The Prince of Wales has hives at his Highgrove home.

Happy World Bee Day!

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