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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

The Duchess of Cornwall is new President of Bees for Development

World Bee Day, 20th May 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have the support of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as President of Bees for Development.

Her Royal Highness explains why she is so keen to supports our work in a short video message, especially recorded for World Bee Day 2020. In it, she explains how she has a personal reason for supporting us. She keeps bees herself, producing honey which she sells to support the charities she is linked to. This year, all proceeds will be donated to Bees for Development.

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 the charity’s Bee Garden Party in June 2019, where she met volunteers and project staff from around the world. The Duchess even tried her hand at weaving an African bee hive.


The 20th of May is a day of celebration of bees known as World Bee Day. It highlights the crucial role that these insects play in our lives, and in ecosystems around the globe, and recognises the need to protect them.  


On the same day, Bees for Development’s home-town of Monmouth, South Wales, has officially been designated as the UK’s first “Bee Town”. As well as being home to the charity, the town hosts an annual “Bee Festival”, various bee-themed events, and its County and Town Councils have special policies in place for pollinators.

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