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Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall in Rutland

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Rutland, with pupils from Oakham C of E school. Photo: Rowland Hobson EMN-140728-163642009

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Rutland, with pupils from Oakham C of E school. Photo: Rowland Hobson EMN-140728-163642009

The county is still buzzing after Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the county (yesterday).

The Royal couple arrived in St Anne’s Close, Oakham, at about 11.50am today (28 July) to cheers from about 50 people who had lined the streets to greet them.

The Prince, who was wearing a beige suit, and The Duchess, who wore a cream jacket and a pleated skirt, arrived in the county by helicopter before being driven to the almshouses.

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During the visit, which lasted about 45 minutes, the couple met residents from the three branches of the almshouses, including 95-year-old twins Phyllis Franklin and Gladys Clare, and were given tours of two of the apartments.

Diane Ray, who has lived at the almshouses for three years, met Prince Charles.

She said afterwards: “He was great. He was so natural. You could tell he was trying to put me at my ease.

“He was much more handsome than I thought he was! The whole experience was wonderful.”

The Royal couple showed a great deal of interest in the residents and spoke to members of the crochet group and the history society group.

The Duchess was particularly interested to hear about Rummkub, a game which originated in Israel.

Their Royal Highnesses unveiled a plaque to commemorate their visit before going onto the Market Place in Oakham, which was packed with people hoping to catch a glimpse and take a photo.

There they met stallholders and shop owners, as well as Morris dancers and people associated with Oakham in Bloom.

The couple then visited Oakham Castle, where The Duchess presented a decorative horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor Mr Hanbury, made by John Spence.

Did you see the Royal couple? What did you think of the visit?

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