Prince Charles, 71, is longstanding advocate for organic farming and keeps 150,000 bees at his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire. Honey from the first-in-line’s own bespoke hives is said to have a distinctive lime pollen flavour and costs £25 for a 350g jar.
Prince Charles’s bees produced a limited 400 pots of the Royal Estate Honey this year, which quickly sold out online.
A description of the honey on the Highgrove shop website reads: “Limited to only 400 jars this year, the beautifully delicate Highgrove Organic Royal Estate Honey is ideal for toast and breakfast treats
“Produced from pollen collected by the myriad of bees who all live in the exclusively commissioned traditional British doubled walled beehives on the estate; each hive has its own specific design and took almost a year to construct by hand.
“The bees in the Spring work the hedgerows of Highgrove Gardens and in late June to early July forage on the avenue of Limes.
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Prince Charles has been the master of Highgrove for four decades and was responsible for opening its gardens to the public every summer.
Prince Charles is a keen apiarist and even keeps at his London residence Clarence House.
Earlier this year, a series of posts on the official Clarence House Twitter account read: “If you visit Clarence House during the summer opening this month, you may spot these beehives in the Royal residence’s garden!
“The Clarence House garden contains two beehives, which are home to over 90,000 bees. They produce around 40 pounds of honey a year.”