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Heart-warming moment when Tottenham toddler tweaks a prince's nose

He may be one of our most senior royals, but today one Tottenham toddler just couldn't resist grabbing Prince Charles's nose as he toured the north London borough.

More than two years after it was torn apart by riots, Prince Charles went back to Tottenham to find out how the people living and working there are getting on.

Our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips reports.

Charles has visited Tottenham 'more than any other national leader'

The Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, says that Prince Charles has shown real commitment to helping the people of Tottenham.

"The Prince contacted my office the day after the riots and he asked what he could do and whether he could come.

"This has been a real commitment, a sustained commitment, I might say he's been here more than any other national leader and that includes the Prime Minister."

– David Lammy MP


Prince of Wales's fourth visit since 2011 riots

The visit was Prince Charles's fourth since the 2011 riots and a number of his charities and organisations are helping with the borough's regeneration and providing support to young people.

Projects include an enterprise programme, run by the Prince's Trust, which provides training and mentoring for young people wanting to start their own business.

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community has also organised community consultation workshops, on behalf of Haringey Council, to develop ideas to enhance the underused Tottenham Green.

Several of the Prince's charities have helped the regeneration effort in Tottenham. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prince Charles has visited the area three times already following the riots of 2011. Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Charles speaks to families whose homes were destroyed

Prince Charles was visiting Tottenham to see how the area had fared since the 2011 riots. He and the Duchess of Cornwall had visited in the immediate aftermath of the riots.

The Prince of Wales viewed the site of the Carpetright building, which had burned down destroying several homes, but which has now been rebuilt.

The dramatic pictures of the Tottenham landmark glowing red hot became a iconic image of the riots.

Charles views the site of the re-built Carpetright building in Tottenham. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Prince Charles get his nose tweaked by toddler

The Prince of Wales's nose proved an irresistible attraction to a toddler whose parents endured watching their home burn to the ground during the Tottenham riots.

Charles returned to the scene of the major disturbance to learn how the area is recovering.

The Prince of Wales meets husband and wife Mehmet and Burcin Akbasak and their twin daughters Kayla and Lara, aged 12 months. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The heir to the throne shared a lighter moment with husband and wife Mehmet and Burcin Akbasak - who lost their home when rioters set fire to the Carpetright building and flats above.

The dramatic pictures of the Tottenham landmark glowing red hot became a iconic image of the August 2011 riots.

Prince Charles visited Tottenham today to see how the area was recovering from the London riots. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In the shadow of the rebuilt building, Charles sympathised with Mr Akbasak and his wife - who are originally from Turkey - as the couple held their twin daughters Kayla and Lara aged 12 months.

Kayla reached out and made a grab for the prince's nose and he leant forward and happily let the toddler play with his face.Mr Akbasak, 33, said: "Both my daughters are friendly but Kayla was quite interested in the prince and they shared a nice moment."


Charles' new scheme to curb gang violence

Charles in Sri Lanka. Credit: : Chris Jackson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prince Charles is to launch a campaign to boost the numbers of young volunteers in a bid to curb gang violence.

The Prince of Wales told the The Mail on Sunday that street murders can occur because young people lack structured activities.

Charles will join the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition at Buckingham Palace this week along with 50 young people to launch a pledge campaign called #iwill.

Charles said that currently only 29 per cent of young people volunteer regularly, but wants 50 per cent of youngsters aged 10-20 to volunteer by 2020.

Prince Charles admires London designer's work

Londoner Anjali Khanna whose work Prince Charles admired Credit: Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales thought of his "other half" when he came across an elaborate Asian jacket created by a promising designer.

As Charles toured the graduate show of his School of Traditional Arts in east London, he pointed out the handcrafted garment made in India.

The velvet sherwani jacket featured embroidered gold and silver thread, a technique known as zardorsi, and was designed by 29 year old Londoner Anjali Khanna.

Ms Khanna originally trained as a lawyer but changed career and enrolled on the School's two-year MA course and developed her passion for textiles creating a range of Indian garments for the course.

She travelled to India and used local textile workers to help create the outfits.

After chatting to the Charles she said: "I wanted to create something princely and I think I've done it. The Prince said 'I know somebody who would love that' and I asked who and he said 'my other half'.

The designer said she would happily create the jacket for the Duchess but joked "I'd have to get her measurements".

Camilla has worn a number of Eastern-style jackets in the past and the garment could be an early birthday present as she turns 66 next week.

Prince Charles founded the School of Traditional Arts in 2004 Credit: Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Prince's School of Traditional Arts specialises in teaching, researching and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world's great traditions.

Founded by Charles in 2004, if offers practising artists the opportunity to undertake research at the highest level with post-graduate degrees validated by the University of Wales.

Charles gave a speech at the end of his tour of the show staged at the schools campus in Shoreditch.

The work of students ranged from intricate geometric designs to traditional paintings and technique from countries like Tibet.

He said:

"I'm so proud of all the students, because I try to come whenever I can every year to see what the final year exhibition is all about.

And I can't tell you what joy it gives me to see the results of all their unbelievable hard work and determination and application in terms of what they've produced. I pray they find valuable ways of putting what they've learnt into practice wherever they come from in different parts of the world."

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