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Prince Charles jokes about Man Utd's poor form

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales shakes hands with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Could Prince Charles be a Manchester United fan? Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Prince of Wales declined to reveal his own footballing colours today, but did comment on the current plight of Manchester United with a young fan.

During a visit to Chelsea Children's Hospital, Charles was asked which team he supported by five-year-old James Middlehurst, who was in hospital for an operation on his prosthetic leg.

The youngster's mother said: "James asked him which football team he supported and he said 'I don't like answering that'."

When James told the Prince he was a Manchester United fan, Charles joked: "Best not to mention that."

Read the ITV Sport piece on 5 players that could help Man United's season

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Dean of Blackburn 'delighted' to host The Queen

The Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, says he is pleased to be welcoming The Queen to Blackburn Cathedral in April.

He said today:

“I am delighted that the Cathedral has been asked to host The Queen for the Maundy Service this year. This is a huge privilege as well as a great responsibility on behalf of the bishop, the Diocese and the County of Lancashire.

– The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong

The Lancashire recipients of The Royal Maundy are yet to be announced.

The Queen to visit Blackburn in April

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Blackburn Cathedral on April 17 2014. Credit: PA

The Queen will be coming to Lancashire in April to hand out Maundy Money at Blackburn Cathedral.

She will be accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Every year the Monarch visits a cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community and church.

This year’s visit, on Thursday April 17, will be the first time The Queen has visited Blackburn Cathedral.

Farmer's own baby "Royal Flush"

There's been no escaping all the royal baby talk this summer - but we've got a little bit of a twist on it here at Granada Reports.

A farmer in Wirral is celebrating his own new arrivals.

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George, Alexander and Louis have been named in honour of the royal infant Credit: Victoria Grimes
Bullocks with mum
The trio resting at Greenhouse Farm, Wirral Credit: Victoria Grimes

George, Alexander and Louis have been named in honour of the royal infant.

They're pretty special 'babies' too - because they're triplets, and the odds against that are said to be 700 thousand to one.

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Pupil: 'It was really, really exciting' to speak to the Queen

Fay Batey, a pupil at Wiggonby CofE Primary School, who asked the Queen whether she hoped the royal baby was a boy or a girl told reporters it was "really, really exciting" to speak her.

Fay and fellow pupils waved Union flags and cheered as the royal party arrived at the Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere.

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Thousands line the streets to welcome the Queen

Thousands of people lined the streets of Kendal to see the Queen on her visit to the town with the Princess Royal.

They walked around the historic Market Place and met civic officials, cadets, members of the Duke of Lancaster's regiment and the Royal British Legion, before touring a Made in Cumbria stall, where she was presented with local foodstuffs including Kendal Mint Cake.

Among the crowds were visitors from China, Italy and the United States.

The Queen has now left Kendal and is touring the James Cropper paper mill at Burneside.

Later she will take a boat ride on Windermere.

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