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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is President of Bees for Development.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has long had a passion for beekeeping, and an interest in seeing the benefit it brings to people. She is pictured above at our Bee Garden Party in 2019, with the Director of Bees for Development Ghana, Dr Kwame Aidoo.
Her Royal Highness says: “this remarkable charity has found a way to use the busy bee to help alleviate poverty and encourage biodiversity. It works to train and educate people in the simple methods needed to keep bees, often at little or no cost.
This in turn provides a much-needed income to people living in some of the poorest and most isolated communities in the world. And it means that there are more healthy hives of bees working to pollinate crops.
I have a personal reason for supporting this charity, as I keep bees myself. 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.”
Nicola Bradbear, Founder and Director of Bees for Development says: "This is a key time for the charity and I know we will benefit hugely from the enthusiasm and support The Duchess of Cornwall is giving to our work. Bees for Development is thrilled to welcome her as our President."
Her Royal Highness attended our Bee Garden Party in June 2019, where she met several volunteers and colleagues from Ghana and India, who were working with us in 2019 through Commonwealth Fellowship funding. The Duchess also tried her hand at weaving an African hive.
The Duchess of Cornwall has nine hives herself, producing honey which she sells to support the charities she is linked to. In 2020, proceeds will be donated to Bees for Development.