Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit a newly restored heritage centre during Wales trip 


The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed she is looking forward to leaving her facemask at home, telling a Welsh college student ‘I can’t wait to get rid of these’.

Camilla, 73, made the comment as she and the Prince of Wales, 72, visited the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to learn how staff and students have coped during the pandemic on day three of their week-long visit to Wales.

When the royal couple first arrived at the newly restored heritage centre, they met students and staff in the college’s foyer and the duchess told William Pearson, studying for an MA in advanced opera performance ‘I can’t wait to get rid of this’ and touched her face mask. 

The royal, who put on a stylish display in a white and black patterned dress, was also spotted with a Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker on her wrist, which helps wearers track their efforts to stay in shape. 

Prince Charles, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, looked in high spirits as they visited the newly restored Llantrisant Guildhall Heritage and Visitors’ Centre in Llantrisant, Glamorgan on Wednesday

Charles tried his hand at archery and was photographed holding a bow while speaking with archer, Bob Bannister

Charles tried his hand at archery and was photographed holding a bow while speaking with archer, Bob Bannister

The heir to the throne looked smart in a navy blue pinstripe suit as he engaged in conversation with locals

The heir to the throne looked smart in a navy blue pinstripe suit as he engaged in conversation with locals

The visit marked part of Wales Week, which will see the couple travel across the country (pictured, today)

The visit marked part of Wales Week, which will see the couple travel across the country (pictured, today)

The gadget costs around £130 and has proved popular with those wanting to keep in shape during the lockdown, allowing users to monitor everything from heart rate to calories. 

Charles and Camilla were treated to performances of music and drama by the talented students who, with the help of lecturers and tutors, have managed to continue their studies at the Cardiff-based college despite Covid restrictions.

Zoe Goriely, 24, who completes an MA in acting this month, gave a heartfelt performance of a scene from Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

In the solo scene she played the character of a maid who teases her teenage ward about a love letter the young girl has received from an admirer, and at one point stamps on the pages of the note. 

Camilla looked typically stylish in a white and black patterned dress which featured panelling detail

Camilla looked typically stylish in a white and black patterned dress which featured panelling detail

The pair donned protective face coverings in adherence to government guidelines as they were given a your of the visitor centre and signed the welcome book

The pair donned protective face coverings in adherence to government guidelines as they were given a your of the visitor centre and signed the welcome book

The 24-year-old spoke to the prince and his wife after the performance and said later: ‘It’s lovely to be able to do what we love to do, for people who love what we do.’

Charles’ official harpist Alis Huws, who is a graduate of the college, also gave a performance before the royal couple met opera students in costume.

The prince is the college’s president and while he held a private meeting with senior executives the duchess watched a brief scene from The Flying Bedroom – an immersive children’s theatre production from a new company of music, composition and design students from the college.

As Ruby Brown cradled a puppet she chatted to Camilla who said about the performance ‘It’s brilliant’ adding: ‘I think it’s a lovely thing to do, you’re a really clever lady.’

The group of students who began working together via video calls are due to perform their show at Theatr Clwyd in north Wales in July and tour schools in the region in September. 

The royal couple were shown exhibitions within the centre and took time to speak to staff while they were there

The royal couple were shown exhibitions within the centre and took time to speak to staff while they were there 

The royals unveiled a new plaque during the visit which was propped up on a stand (pictured)

The royals unveiled a new plaque during the visit which was propped up on a stand (pictured)

During their visit, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall shared a sweet moment before trying their hand at archery. 

The couple were photographed sharing a joke and looking lovingly at each other before trying their hand at archery after a quick lesson from archer, Bob Bannister.   

 

The visit marked part of Wales Week, which will see the couple travel across the country. 

Making the most of the British weather, a smiling Camilla decided to ditch the coat and don the summery dress, which which skimmed her calves and featured white panelling detail.

The duchess opted for natural make-up look and sported her signature curled blow-dry. 

Meanwhile, Charles, who looked dapper in a smart pinstriped navy suit which he paired with a crisp pink shirt. 

The royal couple both put safety first by wearing protective face covering when they took a tour of the visitor centre and signed the welcome book. 

They were then treated to a show by dancers, who put on a performance as the delighted royals watched on.   

Yesterday, the couple took solo trips, with Camilla enjoying an ice cream as she met with local business owners to celebrate the Hay Festival.

She opted for an all blue outfit as she chatted with locals while on a tour of tour independent shops and local businesses.

Camilla was without Charles, who tested out a hydrogen-powered car when visiting the manufacturer behind the eco-friendly vehicle.

Dancers put on a show outside the new building, much to the dleight of the royals who watched the performance

Dancers put on a show outside the new building, much to the dleight of the royals who watched the performance

Charles even tried his hand at some archery and was snapped holding a bow while chatting to archer Bob Bannister

Charles even tried his hand at some archery and was snapped holding a bow while chatting to archer Bob Bannister

He toured Riversimple, a hydrogen-powered car manufacturer in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, as part of his week-long trip to Wales.   

The heir to the throne, who donned a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, looked sharp in a grey suit with a purple tie for his visit. 

On arrival at the company, Prince Charles visited the workshop where he saw a number of vehicles and discovered more about the production process.

The royal spoke to engineers and technicians about the cars, before taking the wheel of a green-coloured Rasa model – which is a lightweight, two-seat electric vehicle powered by hydrogen. 

Taking it for a test-drive, Charles heard how the Rasa emits nothing but pure water vapour and is designed to minimise the particulates from tyres and brakes with its low weight, skinny tyres and high regenerative braking. 

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