LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's royal visit began just before 1 p.m. Friday as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Louisville International Airport.

Louisville's commitment to creating a healthier and more sustainable city -- along with its many public and private partnerships to develop a robust local food system -- will be highlighted during the day-long visit.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are expected to attend a series of events, lectures and meetings that have also attracted national and international guests including:

. Alice Waters - author, restaurateur and founder of “The Edible Schoolyard”

. Eric Schlosser - author of “Fast Food Nation”

. Mark Tercek - president and CEO, Nature Conservancy

. Andrew McElwaine - president and CEO, American Farmland Trust

. Stephanie Meeks - president of The National Trust for Historic Preservation

. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho - Surgeon General of the Army

"The three pillars of my administration - compassion, lifelong learning and health - have brought Louisville national and international attention as we transform and position our city for the future,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Our city is deeply honored that Their Royal Highnesses are visiting Louisville to see our work in action."

Their Royal Highnesses are guests of the city and of The Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, founded last year by philanthropist Christy Brown.

While in Louisville, they will attend a cultural festival at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage, where there will be agricultural displays and a discussion about local food. Louisville Orchestra Conductor Teddy Abrams has composed a special orchestral piece for Their Royal Highnesses that will be debuted at the event.

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Neighborhood House in Portland and attend a reception for patrons and supporters of Brooke USA at Churchill Downs. The Brooke is an international animal welfare organization dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest communities.

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