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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


Foodie treats for Charles and Camilla in Borough

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to one of London's oldest, most famous food markets today.

The royal couple were in Borough Market to meet traders at the Old Hall.

It was forced to close two years ago, because of rail construction work, but the stalls are now back in business, as Liz Wickham reports.

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

Charles hops on the tube with an Oyster card

Clarence House has tweeted pictures of Prince Charles using an Oyster card to pass through the ticket gates at Farringdon Station.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting the station to mark the 150th birthday of the tube.

Prince Charles swipes his Oyster card to pass through the ticket barrier. Credit: Clarence House.

The royal couple were presented with special commemorative Oyster cards.

The Oyster cards celebrate the tube's 150th birthday. Credit: Clarence House.
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