Beaming Prince Charles plays cricket in a suit as he visits Cardiff


The Prince of Wales has thrown his support behind England to beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final, telling pubgoers: ‘It would be marvellous if they won.’

Prince Charles, 72, also revealed to regulars at the Ponthir House Inn in South Wales, that he would be watching Sunday’s final at home but that supporting the national team was not good for the nerves. 

During his visit to the pub in the village of Ponthir near Newport, the prince, who has spent the week touring Wales, chatted to regular Colin Morgan, who said later: ‘He said he wouldn’t be going to Wembley, but his eldest son would be.

‘And he said “it’s not good for the nerves, watching England play”.’

The prince had donned an apron to pull a pint of the local beer, Butty Bach, behind the bar and Landlord Barrie Walden joked: ‘We are short staffed at the moment.’

Cheers! The Prince of Wales holds up a pint as he learns about one of the latest projects opened with a Community Services Fund grant from ‘Pub is the Hub’, in Ponthir, near Newport, Wales

The Prince of Wales backed England to beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final, telling pubgoers (pictured): 'It would be marvellous if they won'

The Prince of Wales backed England to beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final, telling pubgoers (pictured): ‘It would be marvellous if they won’

Taking a sip, Charles declared it ‘very good,’ before raising his glass to wish staff and regulars ‘Good luck!’.

Moving on, he stopped to chat to locals, spotting one man with a pint of cider and asked: ‘How many glasses do you have to have before you feel it, or lose feeling?’

The Ponthir House Inn has been supported with expert help and a Community Services Fund grant from Charles’s ‘Pub is the Hub’ initiative. 

Launched in 2001, the not-for-profit organisation offers independent specialist advice to publicans to help them provide viable local services at the heart of their community.

The prince takes a sip as he meets staff, pub regulars and members of the local community that have benefitted from the pub's services and log cabin shop during lockdown

The prince takes a sip as he meets staff, pub regulars and members of the local community that have benefitted from the pub’s services and log cabin shop during lockdown

The Prince of Wales tries some Butty Bach (a Welsh term meaning 'little friend') ale during a visit to Ponthir House Inn (pictured)

The Prince of Wales tries some Butty Bach (a Welsh term meaning ‘little friend’) ale during a visit to Ponthir House Inn (pictured)

The Prince of Wales (pictured wearing a blue face covering) meets clientele during a visit to Ponthir House Inn

The Prince of Wales (pictured wearing a blue face covering) meets clientele during a visit to Ponthir House Inn

The visit was the last event of Charles’ week-long tour of Wales with the Duchess of Cornwall, and the sporting theme continued when he joined in with a game of bowls in the car park of the village pub.

As he crouched to roll his ball towards the jack, the prince giggled and said: ‘Do I have to get right down to do this?

‘That’s a test one!’ he said as the ball rolled slowly. ‘Oh, you can chuck it up in the air! There you go, I knew I shouldn’t have had the Butty Bach.’

As Charles walked away from the bowls giggling, he shrugged and joked: ‘It’s all absolute balls to me!’ 

The Prince of Wales (pictured) talks to pupils from Ponthir Church in Wales Primary School during a visit to Ponthir House Inn

The Prince of Wales (pictured) talks to pupils from Ponthir Church in Wales Primary School during a visit to Ponthir House Inn

The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince's Trust, during a visit to The Prince's Trust Cymru, in Cardiff, where he is meeting staff and young people involved in the 'Launched in Lockdown' programme

The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince’s Trust, during a visit to The Prince’s Trust Cymru, in Cardiff, where he is meeting staff and young people involved in the ‘Launched in Lockdown’ programme

Earlier the heir to the throne showed off his football skills when he met young entrepreneurs supported in starting their businesses by the Cardiff office of The Prince’s Trust.

When football coach Zoe Denman-Ellis, founder of Lundby Juniors, an academy for young women players, offered him the chance to shoot at a goal a few metres away, Charles said: ‘I’d be extremely disappointed if I missed that’.

After scoring he joked: ‘It takes a hell of a lot of practice.’

Meanwhile, earlier today, Prince Charles appeared in high spirits as he played cricket during a visit to Cardiff on his final day of his week-long trip to Wales. 

Earlier the heir to the throne showed off his football skills when he met young entrepreneurs supported in starting their businesses by the Cardiff office of The Prince's Trust

When football coach Zoe Denman-Ellis, founder of Lundby Juniors, an academy for young women players, offered him the chance to shoot at a goal a few metres away, Charles said: 'I'd be extremely disappointed if I missed that'.

Earlier the heir to the throne showed off his football skills when he met young entrepreneurs supported in starting their businesses by the Cardiff office of The Prince’s Trust

The Prince of Wales beamed as he took up a bat and tried to hit one of the balls hurled at him by players at the Glamorgan Cricket Club.

The club, which has its headquarters at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, is celebrating its 100th anniversary of becoming a first-class county, which is an official classification for the highest-standard matches in cricket. 

Heir to the throne Charles looked dapper in a grey suit, teamed with a blue and red striped tie and check shirt for the occasion. 

Prince Charles (pictured) appeared in high spirits today as he played cricket during a visit to the Glamorgan Cricket Club in Cardiff on his final day of his week-long trip to Wales

The Prince of Wales plays cricket when in Cardiff

Prince Charles (pictured) appeared in high spirits today as he played cricket during a visit to the Glamorgan Cricket Club in Cardiff on his final day of his week-long trip to Wales

The club, which has its headquarters at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, is celebrating its 100th anniversary of becoming a first-class county, which is an official classification for the highest-standard matches in cricket. Pictured, Prince Charles beams when playing cricket

The club, which has its headquarters at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, is celebrating its 100th anniversary of becoming a first-class county, which is an official classification for the highest-standard matches in cricket. Pictured, Prince Charles beams when playing cricket

The prince met with staff and players when given a tour of the grounds – including Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall has been touring Wales this week in a whirlwind of cultural entertainment, meeting locals and learning more about the way the country has recovered after the coronavirus crisis. 

Yesterday, Charles marked the centenary of Church in Wales on the fourth day of his Welsh tour. The heir to the throne was spotted chatting with well-wishers and locals before attended a special church service at St David’s Cathedral, in St David’s. 

He was wearing a smart tan suit with a crisp white shirt and a red, white and green tie that echoed the colours of the Welsh flag. 

Heir to the throne Charles (pictured) looked dapper in a grey suit,

He teamed the look with a blue and red striped tie and check shirt for the occasion

Heir to the throne Charles (pictured) looked dapper in a grey suit, teamed with a blue and red striped tie and check shirt for the occasion

A white flower had been pinned to the lapel of his suit jacket, with a light blue and white pocket square poking out of his chest pocket. 

Putting on a lively display, the royal was spotted laughing, hands in his pockets, ahead of the event. 

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales revealed, like the rest of the nation, he could barely watch England’s tense extra-time win against Denmark in the European Championships on Thursday.

Football fans were left biting their nails as England held on during the match to earn a place in the Euro 2020 final and will now face Italy on Sunday.

The prince (pictured) met with staff and players when given a tour of the grounds - including Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne

The prince (pictured) met with staff and players when given a tour of the grounds – including Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne

During his visit to St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, the prince confessed: ‘Watching the football, it’s rather too much for the nerves.’

The heir to the throne has a vested interest in England manager Gareth Southgate as the former international footballer has been an ambassador for Charles’s Prince’s Trust for more than 15 years.

Southgate also recently became a Goodwill Ambassador for the organisation – helping to develop, launch and fundraise for the trust’s work around leadership and teamwork with young people.

The prince’s son, the Duke of Cambridge, has been publicly supporting England in his role as president of the Football Association.

William is expected to be among the spectators for the national team’s big moment on Sunday evening.

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