Prince William will visit the headquarters of JCB to mark the production of their 750,000th machine next week.

The Prince will meet Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB, and his wife, Lady Bamford, before being invited to operate one of the construction vehicles during his visit on April 24.

Schoolchildren will greet the Prince outside the main entrance of the company, in Rocester, Staffordshire, before he meets civic guests and staff on the shop floor.

In a second engagement in Staffordshire on the same day, the Prince will pay his respects to fallen soldiers at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

He will officially launch the Future Foundations Appeal and meet members of the National and Regional Appeals Councils.

As part of the tour of the site Prince William will be shown the St Dunstan’s Path and War Widows’ Rose Garden before proceeding down the causeway to the Armed Forces Memorial where he will meet members of the public on the way. At the memorial, he will be shown the names of all those who died on duty or as a result of terrorism since the end of the Second World War.

Members of the public are invited to the National Memorial Arboretum for the visit in the late afternoon, although exact timings cannot be published for security reasons.