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Prince Charles receives warm welcome in Wales

The Prince of Wales visited Wales on Friday and received a warm welcome in spite of the blustery weather.

The Prince was in Newbridge, Caerphilly to re-open the town’s refurbished memorial hall.

The project has taken over ten years to restore the Grade II listed property.

Charles walked down the street to the hall, known as the Memo by locals and treated to Pentremawr Primary School students performing some Christmas carols whilst waving Welsh and Union flags.

During his visit, he stopped to talk to a local toddler group who attend the weekly sessions offered at the Memo.

Joan Davies was there with her grandson George: “He was quite taken by George – and he told me my grandson had a lovely name, although I suspect he must be a little biased. George was quite taken by him too. I don’t think he realises how important Prince Charles is though.”

Davies continued: “It was lovely to speak to him and he took a lot of interest in the group and the refurbishment of the Memo.”

Charles then joined in with the book club that meets regularly. Carol Davies, originally from Newbridge but having lived in Australia for 30 years commented that after Charles heard her accent: “He asked about the bush fires in New South Wales and whether they have been dangerous. He was really charming and also took interest in what books we have been reading.”

Following the visit to Newbridge, Prince Charles attended his second engagement of the day in Swansea to welcome 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards home.

Prince Charles, Colonel in Chief of the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, inspected troops at the Guildhall before the soldiers marched through the city centre.

The 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards are the final group of British soldiers that left Afghanistan’s Helmand Province earlier this year.

Charles toured some of the rooms in the renovated Guildhall during his visit and met with local soldiers’ families.

The Queen’s Dragoon Guards’ dates back more than 300 years to the establishment of the King’s Dragoon Guards (KDG) and the Queen’s Bays in 1685. These regiments combined in 1959 to form QDG.

Featured Photo Credit: Chloe Howard 2014

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