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Prince Charles meets Somerset's flood-hit residents

Prince Charles has met with residents affected by the fierce flooding in Somerset.

Prince Charles speaks with residents in Stoke St Gregory, Somerset Credit: Pool

The prince made his visit during a sunny spell, although another wave of bad weather is expected to hit the region between 3-pm today and 11pm tomorrow, according to Met Office forecasters.

Emergency service workers meet the prince on his visit to Somerset. Credit: Pool

The Prince will also talk to residents, farmers and business owners in Muchelney.

Lord Smith: Dredging rivers 'will form future plans'

Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith has said that dredging Somerset's Tone and Parrett rivers would have to be "an element" of plans to manage the flood risk in future.

Pumps active yesterday at Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels to help alleviate floodwater in fields and drainage ditches. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky News, Lord Smith said he had not yet visited the Somerset Levels since they were submerged, but has visited the area on three occasions over the past year and "will be going back there."

The Environment Agency chairman earlier admitted to ITV News that "we could have done better" in tackling the flooded areas in Somerset.

Read: Environment Agency: 'Could have done better over flooding'


Flood defence not 'either or' between town and country

Protecting the public from floods does not come to down to an "either or" choice between town and country, the shadow environment minister told Daybreak.

Maria Eagle said a better understanding of the challenges posed by climate change was the answer to solving the flooding crisis.

She also criticised the environment minister Owen Patterson for being part of the "headless chicken brigade" of climate sceptics and said he needed to "get on with it".

Read: 'No bottomless purse' on flood defences

Prince Charles set to visit flood-hit communities

The Prince of Wales will visit flood-hit communities today where he will be introduced to residents, farmers and members of the emergency services who have been affected by the recent flooding on the Somerset Levels.

The Prince of Wales will visit those affected by the recent flooding. Credit: PA

Charles will visit the village of Muchelney, which has been cut off for a month, and a local farming family at Langport, where he will see damage caused by the flood waters.

The area has seen some of the worst flooding in living memory, with villages cut off and hundreds of homes and businesses flooded.

Charles, who is a patron of the Prince's Countryside Fund, has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain's hard-pressed rural areas.

The fund allocates grants to rural projects twice a year and also reserves a portion of its income to be used in times of crisis.

Read: Cheaper flooding helpline introduced after 0845 criticism


Charles: Nation has taken Ant & Dec to their hearts

In a statement read out by Phillip Schofield, Prince Charles paid tribute to Ant and Dec:

The warmth and empathy they show towards charitable causes, their viewers and their deep friendship towards one another are as great achievements as their countless and well-deserved awards.

The nation has taken them to their hearts.

Step towards kingship: Royal press offices to merge

The Prince of Wales is set to take another significant step in his journey towards becoming king when a key part of his household merges with Buckingham Palace later this month.

Prince Charles Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The press offices of the Queen and her son, Prince Charles, are set to merge.

The new office will be based in the Buckingham Palace and will be headed by the Prince's spokeswoman.

The move follows reports by the Sunday Times that Prince Charles will accompany the Queen on the beaches of Normandy this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings - as the monarchy moves towards an effective "job-share".

The Prince has previously represented the Queen on the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka.

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Charles and Camilla survive 'hairy' emergency landing

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall survived an emergency helicopter landing last year, it has emerged.

Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were unscathed by the "hairy" emergency landing. Credit: PA

Four other passengers were travelling on the Sikorsky S-76C helicopter on May 23 last year when the aircraft got into trouble, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The heir to the throne and his wife were on their way to an engagement at the Hay-on-Wye festival in Wales, when the helicopter begin to veer - or yaw - to the right as it approached Denham aerodrome in Buckinghamshire.

The 53-year-old captain declared a Pan emergency, a less serious declaration than Mayday, and carried out a running landing at Denham.

It was described at the time by a royal source as "quite a hairy incident".

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