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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.

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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".


Prince of Wales spends day in South Wales

Prince Charles has been in South Wales today to celebrate anniversaries and achievements.

He started at the offices of the Abergavenny Chronicle meeting staff and celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Brecon and Radnor Express.

After then he visited Tredegar House to meet the mentors who have been helping the over fifties get back into work. He finished the day at the Ewenny Priory.

Megan Boot reports.

Prince Charles visits South Wales

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Prince Charles will unveil two commemorative plaques Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales will help celebrate the 125th anniversary of a local newspaper during a day-long visit to Wales later.

He begins in Abergavenny meeting staff at the local newspaper and marking a milestone anniversary of a sister publication, the Brecon and Radnor Express.

Later he is due to visit historic Tredegar House, near Newport, and attend a reception for one of his charities.

PRIME Cymru, the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise in Wales, and supporters will be attending a celebration of its Enterprise Mentoring programme.

The Prince's pre-Christmas visit to Wales concludes in the afternoon with a tour to Ewenny Priory, near Bridgend.

The priory is the most complete Norman church in South Wales, and remains at the centre of a thriving Christian community.

Before leaving the church, the Prince will listen to carols sung by children from the choir of St Brides Major Church in Wales Primary School.


Charles: World will be a poorer place without Mandela

Prince Charles said he has "nothing but the happiest and fondest memories" of Nelson Mandela and that the world "will be a poorer place without him".

The Prince of Wales smiled as he recalled meeting Mandela in South Africa with the Spice Girls, which he said was "very enjoyable".

"We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for what he's managed to achieve in his life", he added.

Read: Queen reveals hearing of Mandela's death



Prince Charles guest edits Country Life to mark birthday

The Prince of Wales has guest edited Country Life to celebrate his 65th birthday tomorrow.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall inside this month's edition of Country Life. Credit: John Millar/Country Life/PA Wire

Charles's birthday falls on the eve of the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) he will host in Sri Lanka.

It will be one of his most significant duties to date as a future monarch but the summit has been overshadowed with controversy over the country's human rights record.

He used his editorial to voice his support for farmers, saying they were not getting paid enough by big supermarkets. He said:

"It cannot be right that a typical hill farmer earns just £12,500, with some surviving on as little as £8,000 a year, whilst the big retailers and their shareholders do so much better out of the deal, having taken none of the risk."

Prince George's Welsh Tree

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Prince George at his christening Credit: PA

Prince George has been given a Welsh gift - a tree planted in his honour.

Prince William will be given a certificate today by First Minister Carwyn Jones later to mark the gift which will be planted in Llyn Geirionydd near Llanrwst.

A tree has been planted for every child born or adopted since 2007 but one has been planted for Prince George because of his parents time spent living on Anglesey.

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