The Princess of Wales had two public engagements this week. They are highlighted below.
On November 01, 2023, The Princess of Wales joined a meeting of ‘Dadvengers,’ a community for Dads and their children in Arnos Grove, London, to highlight the important role that Dads play in their children’s earliest years. Her Royal Highness joined the Arnos Grove Dadvengers group at the Arnos Arms where she met a group of dads and spoke to them about the important role they play in a child’s development, and then joined the group on a ‘Dad Walk’ to the local park and heard about the support they give to one another through the Dadvengers network, helping them to look after their own well-being as well as supporting their families.
On November 02, 2023, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay had a series of engagements in Scotland, where they met with organizations that support rural communities and work with young people to improve their mental health through better access to the outdoors and practical learning opportunities. Their first stop was at Burghead Primary School, where they visited Outfit Moray. The charity is aimed at making a positive impact on the lives of young people aged between eight and eighteen who are vulnerable or disadvantaged by actively promoting their potential through accessible and affordable outdoor learning and adventure activities. Outfit Moray runs a wide range of activities that aim to build confidence, self-esteem, and resilience, including mountain biking, paddle sports, and rock climbing, among others. The Duke and Duchess spent time with the team, learning about the outdoor activities and even participated in a mountain bike session.
The second engagement of the couple was at Brodieshill Farm, where they learned about efforts being made to support the mental health and well-being of young people. The farm is family-run and is home to the Lower Speyside Young Farmers and Farmstrong Scotland, both of which promote positive mental well-being in rural communities across Scotland and support local farmers. During their visit, the Duke and Duchess met families who attend regular sessions at the farm’s dedicated play area designed for children to explore and learn. The indoor and outdoor space is utilized by families and those based at the nearby RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth, where parents can regularly reconnect with their children.
The Duke and Duchess also went to DAY1, a charity based in the Highlands that provides mentoring, training, personal development, and employability services to vulnerable young people. The charity aims to equip the youth with the social and emotional skills needed to succeed through its mentoring and personal development programs. DAY1 owns Inverness Kart Raceway, which serves as the location for its apprenticeship scheme in Automotive Skills. The royal couple toured the site and met with young people involved in some programs. They also visited two automotive workshops where young people were being taught mechanical skills and watched a group of young people take part in a race on the track.