Prince William is coming to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

William will be visiting the Isles of Scilly next week

Prince William is set to make a two-day visit to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly next week. While he is returning to a site he visited recently on the mainland, it will be his first official visit to the Scillies since assuming the title of Duke of Cornwall.

The senior Royal has a busy schedule planned, with engagements in Newquay on Thursday (May 9) and on the Isles of Scilly the following day. On Thursday, he will pay a visit to Nansledan where the Duchy of Cornwall's first homeless housing project is set to be built.

This initiative, in partnership with Cornish charity St Petrocs, aims to provide 24 homes complete with comprehensive support for those without a home. The Prince is expected to meet with the project's leaders and St Petrocs' chief executive, Henry Meacock.

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Construction is slated to commence in September this year, with the Duchy providing the land for the homes and using its design and development management expertise to guide the delivery of the project as a whole. Kensington Palace said: "The homes are designed to be in keeping with the quality and character of Nansledan, to provide residents with dignity and help them settle into their new community from day one.

"Construction is set to begin in September 2024 and the first homes are due for completion in autumn 2025. The innovation the Duchy has embedded into the design will mean that the homes will be built to Passivhaus standards of energy efficiency and sustainability. The first phase will focus on creating high quality temporary accommodation that feels like home with a clear pathway to a permanent home as accommodation becomes available.

"St Petrocs will also be helping resident harness the benefits of an active and growing community in Nansledan where training and employment pathways exist, alongside more permanent housing solutions."

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Following this, William will head to Fistral Beach to meet with organisations responsible for its upkeep and safety. Kensington Palace said: "The Duke will first spend time with Holywell Bay and Newquay Surf Life Saving Clubs which trains and supports volunteers to save lives and prevent drowning in open water. Surf life saving clubs around the country educate young people from the age of seven to keep themselves safe and to help others in difficulty.

"Operating out of Fistral Beach between May and September, the Newquay club is run in three age groups: nippers, youth and seniors. During his visit, The Duke will meet members of the clubs as demonstrations of training programmes take place on the beach. His Royal Highness will then meet lifeguards and staff from the RNLI, who provide a seasonal service to Fistral Beach, to hear about the work they are doing to keep local people and tourists safe as they get set to enjoy the summer season.

"This year, the RNLI is celebrating its 200th anniversary, having been formed in 1824. During his visit to the beach, The Duke will also have the opportunity to meet members of the public."

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On Friday, he will embark on his first official visit to the Isles of Scilly since becoming the Duke of Cornwall in September 2022. His itinerary includes a visit to St Mary's Harbour, which is managed by the Duchy and serves as a hub for passengers and vessels. He will spend time with harbour operators before making his way to St Mary's Community Hospital.

This small hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient clinics for the Isles of Scilly and provides comprehensive care to island residents and visitors. The development of the integrated health and care facility is being delivered via a partnership between Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, primary care, voluntary sector partners and mental health services, in collaboration with the Duchy.

Prince William will engage with hospital staff, gaining insights into the challenges of delivering healthcare on an island.