Kate Middleton and Prince William,
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
, paid a visit to Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale, Cumbria, on Tuesday (11th June) where they got involved with shearing sheep, herding and dry stone walling.
On the trip, the Duke and Duchess met with the Brown family, who have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s. As well as getting hands-on with the activities at the farm , they also discussed some of the key challenges farmers are facing today, including rural isolation and support payments.
Over on the Kensington Palace Instagram , the Duke and Duchess explained more about their trip: "Farming and agriculture has a special place in the #LakeDistrict National Park, where farmers have worked centuries on some of the most challenging land in the country," read the caption.
The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge join in sheep shearing at Deepdale Hall Farm, where the Brown family have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s.- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 11, 2019
The Browns are proud of their hillfarming heritage and are keen to carry on farming in a traditional way. pic.twitter.com/7E2m09sFI1
After helping out at the farm, the couple were invited back to the home of the owner. Over tea and cake, they discussed the realities of agriculture with other local farmers to find out what it is really like. William asked whether Brexit was a worry for them and their work. Adam Day, managing director of the Farming Network, explained: "The worst case scenario post-Brexit is absolutely dire," reports The Metro .
Also on their visit to Cumbria, The Duke and Duchess stopped by at a local market in the town of Keswick, where they sampled locally-sourced goods and spoke to charity workers. Here, they also met an excited Springer Spaniel rescue dog named Prince Harry, along with his owner Kerry Ivring.
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