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Royal visitors to Louisville stopping at several non-profit groups

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Royals are coming to Louisville today and the city is getting ready in a big way. It'll be a jam packed day for Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla.

They've been visiting the nation's capital and are ending their visit to the United States with a stop in Louisville.

"My impression is that Americans are not expected to curtsy and that we address her as her Royal Highness the first time and then ma'am after that," Carol Gundersen with the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm said.

Pam Rice, the Executive Director of the Neighborhood House added, "Eventually the person from the British Embassy called me back and said this is for real. He said I hope the British accents show you it's not a hoax, but we were wondering if this was for real."

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend a Cultural Festival at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. It's hosted by Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer.

Prince Charles will also visit old Louisville for a discussion with Louisville's historic preservation community.

The Duchess of Cornwall will spend some time outside at the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor. It has an eight acre outdoor classroom educating children and families about the importance of healthy food, farming and the land.

"We're looking forward to capitalizing on this opportunity to invite more support and more stakeholders, partners and stakeholders to be involved," Gunderson said.

The Neighborhood House in Portland is also getting the royal treatment from the Duchess. It has a daycare and emergency food pantry.

"She wants to visit. She wants to hear the stories, meet some of the people. She will see our children in action in the child development center. She'll meet some of our seniors," Rice said.

The Prince of Wales is also expected to speak on health and the environment at the Cathedral of the Assumption and her royal highness will pay a visit to historic Churchill Downs for Brooke USA -- a UK-based animal welfare group. For 80 years, the organization says it's helped alleviate the suffering of horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest countries.

"We're going to have tea and her royal highness will meet some of our donors, walk around through the crowd, talk to a few people," Cindy Rullman, the Fundraising Development Manager for Brooke USA, said.

All of these events are invite-only and WDRB has been told the Secret Service is part of the security detail.

"It's the royal family and they are extremely important people and the are very concerned as we are with our leaders concerning security and concise plans on what's going to happen at each visit," said Churcill Downs' John Asher. 

Stay tuned to WDRB News online and on the air. We'll have coverage of the Royal Visit throughout the day.

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