The Duchess of Cornwall will open Chalke Valley History Festival

The Duchess of Cornwall will introduce the first event of The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival 2022, ‘Rediscovering Women in History’, a discussion between authors Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir.

On arrival, The Duchess will be received by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton and welcomed to the Festival by Cllr Tom Hitchings, Chairman of Broad Chalke Parish Council, Mr and Mrs Richard Jowett, landowners of the site and Jane Pleydell-Bouverie, Chalke Valley History Festival Director. The Duchess will then be introduced to the Festival’s Board of Directors, including Festival Chair, James Holland, and Education & Operations Director, Rachel Holland.

James Holland

The Duchess will proceed to the Green Room where Her Royal Highness will meet Festival staff and trustees before moving to the Hiscox Tent.

The Duchess will be greeted at the tent by Philippa Gregory, Historical novelist and Alison Weir, Historian and author.

Her Royal Highness will then be invited onto the stage by Mr Peter Bell, Chair of Trustees, where she will say a few words to open the Festival and introduce the discussion between Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir.

Following a brief question-and-answer session with the authors, Her Royal Highness will tour the festival site, viewing traditional rural crafts on display, archery, and colourful costumes.


In pictures – Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in Salisbury in 2018