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Prince Charles makes four-legged canine friend during Heathrow Airport visit

The Prince of Wales visited London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday to highlight the work done by security and airport personnel to keep the airport and the country safe.

As well as meeting staff at the airport, Prince Charles got the chance to meet specialist sniffer dogs, and one of them stood out from the rest. The Prince of Wales affectionately petted a black Cocker Spaniel, nine week old Ned, and was rewarded by the puppy with a lick of the hand.

During the visit, Prince Charles met a range of people who work at Heathrow that ensure the day-to-day running of the airport is carried out smoothly and safely. This included representatives from the Metropolitan Police and air traffic control.

The Prince of Wales had chance to hear more about the UK Border Force’s work on biosecurity as well as meeting members of Heathrow’s emergency and operational services. Prince Charles was shown items from the illegal wildlife trade that have been confiscated by the UK Border Force.


The Royal visit to Heathrow Airport was also to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Terminal 5, the home of airline British Airways. The terminal was first opened in March 2008 by the Queen, and cost around £4.2 billion pounds to build.  In total, from conception to completion, the building of Terminal 5 took 20 years.

Prince Charles attended a reception on one of the planes to celebrate the anniversary, where he met the crew of the aircraft as well as apprentices and young people that are working with the airline on specialist apprenticeships and training programmes.

The Prince of Wales is a longstanding advocate for getting more young people interested in STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering. Prince Charles ended his visit by cutting a cake to mark the occasion.

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