Prince Charles makes new friend as he visits prestigious event for the first time in three years

Prince Charles joined Duchess Camilla at their latest royal engagement...

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during a visit to Hay Castle on July 07, 2022 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.This summer, Hay Castle opens its doors to the public for the first time in its 900-year history, following a major restoration project creating an important new heritage destination, a vibrant new centre for learning and the arts, and a space for the community to come together.
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Prince Charles made a sweet new friend on Wednesday as he joined wife Camilla at a Norfolk flower shower.


Prince Charles isn't shy about making new friends at public engagements - and his friendly nature came across on Wednesday as petted a sweet Jack Russell terrier.

As the royal made his way around the Norfolk-based flower show he and Camilla came across the cute dog, who was sitting in a buggy. As Charles bent down to stroke him the dog licked his hand - much to the delight of the prince. 

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Duchess Camilla, who revealed her summer fashion must-have recently, joined the Duke as special guests of the event - which hasn't taken place since 2019, due to the pandemic. Cancelled in 2020 and 2021 the show was back for the first time on July 27. 

The Queen is a patron of the Sandringham Flower show, based in Norfolk, one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. 

Both Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles, who will also step in for the Queen at the Commonwealth games opening night, seemed to be enjoying the event, as they arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and later met locals, who gave Camilla flowers.

Prince Charles and Camilla

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The prestigious show, which takes place just minutes from the Queen's Norfolk home Sandringham House, has also been visited by the Queen, and the Queen's mother in past years.

Charles, who wore a beige suit and stripy tie to the show, which has been running for 139 years, took time to shake hands with some of the 20,000 visitors - including the dog's owner and local members of the armed forces.

This isn't the only royal engagement for the Duke and Duchess this week -  the Queen will miss the Commonwealth Games this year due to her ongoing mobility issues, so her son Prince Charles and wife Duchess Camilla will step in to take on her duties. 

Sarah Finley
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