Wales Week: cricket and football for Prince Charles

On Monday, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall began the week-long visit to Wales, also called Wales Week.

Charles began his visit in Cardiff, the country’s capital, where he met with England and Australia’s cricketers, who will take part in the Ashes series this week.

The Prince watched as the Aussies trained in Cardiff’s SSE SWALEC Stadium, with Natahn Ryan calling it a ‘massive honour’ to have Prince Charles around.

Also at the stadium were those who had been helped by The a prince’ Trust, through the ‘Get into Hospitality’ course. This course gives participants qualifications and training in hospitality and customer service.

The youngsters will be put to the test – as they work during the imminent Ashes Test series. Perhaps an even harder task for Arjan Singh, part of the group, was making a cup of tea for The Prince of Wales!

The 18-year-old seemed confident though, saying the meeting, as well as making the tea, was ‘something special’.

Charles then moved on to the ‘Too Good to Waste’ charity in Ynyshir, which sells unwanted household items, and provides training opportunities for members of low-income families.

The organisation was established with help from The Prince’s Trust, and this year celebrates its 20th birthday.

More than 100 local schoolchildren greeted the Prince as he arrived – gifting him a bouquet of flowers made entirely from newspaper.

Amongst the items on sale during Charles’ visit was a 1969 commemorative mug, marking his investiture as The Prince of Wales.

The final stop of the day was Parc prison; here, Charles met with young offenders who were taking part in the ‘Get Started with Football’ programme, another project from The Prince’s Trust.

TV duo Ant and Dec were also there, in their capacity as Prince’s Trust supporter. Both of the presenters have met Prince Charles a number of times in the past.

The two were seen giggling with Charles throughout the day, but the Prince didn’t seem too pleased to be presented with a Cardiff City shirt!

Featured image: Polaris

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