HRH Prince of Wales to visit Poundbury this week

The Prince of Wales visits Poundbury. Picture:JOHN GURD 

Young stonemasons in Poundbury will greet HRH The Prince of Wales on Friday.

The visit comes just days after after Prince Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle when she married his son Prince Harry.

The Prince will visit Dorset on Friday 25 May as part of his regular visits to Poundbury. 

The royal tour will start in Bridport, where he will visit the Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute to learn about the building’s history and meet local residents who use the space. 

The Prince will then arrive at Middle Farm Way in Poundbury to see stone masonry students from Weymouth College and view their work.

The Stone Boss Carving Competition is an annual event open to students at Weymouth College.

Students have been asked to come up with their own designs to include foliage, animals, human figures and all manner of scenes and decorations. This year’s theme is ‘Dinosaur’.

They will have just two and a half days to carve their own boss stone, a technique which dates back to the Middle Ages, before their creations are put before judges from the community and stone industry.

During the visit, His Royal Highness will also view a 30ft by 20ft sculpture, designed by Sebastian Brooke, a Monmouth-based stone carver and Weymouth alumnus.

The sculpture will eventually become part of a project called ‘The Journey’, initiated by the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (of which His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron) and the Eden Project to celebrate the sea monsters and geological heritage of the Jurassic Coast at a world-class visitor experience on the Isle of Portland.

Please note: Timings are not given out ahead of the visit for security reasons. 


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