The Duchess of Cornwall with local children pond dipping at Rutland Water

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to Rutland Water yesterday (28 July).

Their Royal Highnesses visited the nature reserve to her about the long-standing and successful partnership between Anglian Water and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

The visit was part of a tour of the UK’s smallest county, which also included a visit to Oakham town centre.

The couple called in to see all the hard work that Anglian Water and the Wildlife Trust do in partnership to support wildlife conservation. The Duchess, accompanied by Peter Simpson, joined a group of children who were pond-dipping during a day of wildlife adventure, while the Prince took a walk on the nature reserve with Tim Appleton, the nature reserve manager.

Both Prince Charles and Camilla then heard about the support we’ve been providing for rural communities and the Prince’s charities, through projects like Business in the Community, and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Finally, the heir to the throne met a group of schoolchildren and volunteers who were about to set off on a ‘Country Mile’, as part of the Prince’s Countryside Fund ‘Walk a Country Mile’ Campaign.

Peter Simpson, Anglian Water’s Chief Executive, said: “We were thrilled that The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall honoured Rutland Water with a visit.

"We know how important it is to support the rural economy, and to encourage people to make a connection with the natural environment - both things that were a significant feature of the Royal visit.

"Anglian Water and Wildlife Trust, working in partnership, make a very significant contribution to conservation and to the local economy. It’s great to have our efforts recognised in a visit like this.”