Prince Charles and Camilla on their Annual Tour of Wales

  July 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are undertaking their annual week of engagements in Wales. Their tour started with a visit to St Asaph cathedral; upon arrival, they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered to give the royal couple a warm welcome.

Charles and Camilla spoke to the waiting crowds, and then attended a service to celebrate St Asaph’s new city status. The former town, with a population of 3,400, was awarded city status in March as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Duchess of Cornwall had a chance to show her diplomatic skills and calmly averted a mini-tantrum. When little Ffion Keany presented a bouquet of sweet peas for the Duchess, she had a change of heart halfway through and decided she wanted the flowers for herself after all.

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The laughing Duchess managed to calm the crying girl by plucking a single stem from the bunch and returning it to the Ffion, with the words: “This is for you.”  That immediately brought the smile back to the girl’s face. It is quite rare to be presented flowers by royals, so the little girl’s mother said it is likely they’ll keep the flower and press it in a book.

Other stops included a visit to Brecon Cathedral; Prince Charles is patron of the Brecon Cathedral Choir Endowment Appeal, which is celebrating hitting its £1 million cash-raising target. The prince last visited the Cathedral back in 2009 when the appeal fund had reached £500,000. The royal couple attended a thanksgiving service at the cathedral before meeting artists exhibiting in the Brecon Small Picture Show. Once Charles and Camilla were inside, the thanksgiving service got under way marking the successful conclusion of a decade of fund-raising for the cathedral choir.

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