Prince Charles visits Denbies, Painshill and Watts
PUBLISHED: 20:37 06 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:46 16 May 2014
England's largest vineyard, Denbies, provided the launchpad for a tour of Surrey by Prince Charles and Camilla that also took in Painshill Park and Watts Gallery
Days after having one of their wines named the world's best, Denbies wine estate in Dorking welcomed Prince Charles and Camilla as they began a tour that would take them round much of Surrey. The royal couple met local school children, tasted some of the vineyard's wines - including the award winning Chalk Ridge rosé and planted a tree to mark the occasion.
From there, the Prince of Wales visited Painshill Park in Cobham for the first time since 1995, while the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Molesey Centre for the Community to meet Meals on Wheels users and the stars of the BBC's The Hairy Bikers, who were cooking there. Prince Charles has been patron of the Painshill Park Trust since 1987 and was show their on-going restoration work.
The final destination of the tour was a visit to Watts Gallery, the restored gallery in Compton which houses a collection of work by George Frederic Watts. The gallery's re-opening on Saturday June 18 marks the end of an £11m restoration.