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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."

Prince's Trust celebrates thirty years

Prince Charles is President of the Trust. Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire

The Princes Trust celebrates thirty years of helping young unemployed young people this week.

80,000 businesses have been started with help from the Trust over the last three decades.

Last year alone, it generated an estimated £4 million in value for the capital in skills and earnings.


Prince Charles delights in luxury foods

A leg of boar was also presented to the royal couple which had a visible price tag of £176. Credit: Paul Edwards/the sun/PA Wire

Prince Charles looked right at home, inspecting a haunch of wild boar and sampling luxury olive oils.

A farmer himself, and an advocate of organic food, he took special interest in the produce being sold at many of the stalls.

The Prince of Wales samples some of the olive oils being sold in the market. Credit: Paul Edwards/the sun/PA Wire

But, it looked rather more incongruous when Charles started sipping on a cup of "builder's tea".

The Prince normally has his tea without milk and with a spoonful of honey, but he ordered one with two sugars and as strong as you can make it from cafe-owner Maria Moruzzi.

The Prince normally has his tea with a spoonful of honey. Credit: Paul Edwards/the sun/PA Wire

No card for Charles, but lots of Valentine's gifts for Camilla

The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with armfuls of gifts from traders, as she toured Borough Market.

Florist Sharon Crane, 45, whose business opened today, gave her first bunch of flowers to the Duchess for free.

Florist Sharon Crane gave the Duchess of Cornwall a bunch of roses.

Afterwards she said: "I told her 'I'm giving you a bouquet of flowers in case your husband forgets' and she said she was hoping to get some."

She was also presented with a massive chocolate heart, decorated with the words "with love from Borough Market".

Chocolatier Hayleigh Bazelya presented the Duchess with a chocolate heart, decorated with the words "love from Borough Market". Credit: Paul Edwards/The sun/PA Wire

But it seems Charles is having a rather less romantic Valentine's day. When asked by David Ruane, a worker from a nearby pub, if he'd received a card, he rolled his eyes and said: "No, I don't think so."

What's Prince Charles given up for Lent?

The Prince of Wales waved away the offer of a free chocolate brownie, as he re-opened Borough Market today, saying that he'd given them up for Lent.

But the Duchess of Cornwall happily accepted a Valentine's gift of a large chocolate heart decorated with the words "love from Borough Market".

She told chocolatier Hayleigh Bazelya: "I will have no problem munching my way through that."


First joint tube trip for Charles and Camilla

Today's journey was the first ever joint tube trip for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

One's got a ticket to ride at Farringdon Station. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Although both of them now qualify for an over-60s Freedom Pass, they were presented with commemorative Oyster cards topped up with £10 credit for the one stop journey from Farringdon to King's Cross.

A brand new train was used, which arrived at the platform empty. But members of the public boarded along with the royal couple - separated only by a group of policemen standing further down the carriage.

Charles and Camilla looked relaxed as they rode on the Metropolitan Line. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

When the royal couple arrived at King's Cross they were taken to "Platform nine and three quarters", a Harry-Potter themed attraction in the station.

In the books by JK Rowling, the "Hogwarts Express" steam train leaves from a secret platform, which witches and wizards reach by pushing a trolley through a wall.

But Charles and Camilla remained firmly in the land of the "muggles" or non-wizards.

Attempting to board the Hogwarts Express, at the fictional Platform nine and three quarters. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
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