It's World Bee Day, and the Duchess of Cornwall is excited. Camilla has been named the first-ever President of Bees for Development (which we should refer to as "President of Bees" for short), and is using the holiday to send an important message about the importance of both bees themselves and Bees for Development—a charity that provides free beekeeping information and support to individuals in more than 130 countries.
In addition to offering a peek inside Birkhall, her and Prince Charles's Scottish home, and showcasing their very apropos bee artwork, Camilla's video message features Dr. Kwame Aidoo, head of Bees for Development Ghana, whom Camilla met at the 2019 Bees for Development Garden Party at Marlborough House.
Watch the video above, and check out a full transcript below.
Today, on World Bee Day, it is a huge pleasure to speak to you as the first President of Bees for Development.
As we all know, bees are vital to the natural world and an essential part of our fragile ecology. Keeping bees and harvesting honey is an old-age tradition.
But this remarkable charity has found a way to use the busy bee to help alleviate poverty and encourage biodiversity. It works to train and educate people in the simple methods needed to keep bees, often at little or no cost.
This in turn provides a much-needed income to people living in some of the poorest and most isolated communities in the world. And it means that there are healthy hives of bees working to pollinate crops.
I have a personal reason for supporting this charity, as I keep bees myself. Every year the honey from my hives is harvested and sold for charity, and I am delighted that this year’s honey crop will help Bees for Development continue their very important work.
May I wish you all a very Happy World Bee Day.
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