Prince Charles visits South Wales

Prince Charles is visiting South Wales today. Amongst his planned engagements is a visit to Tata Steel, in Port Talbot, to commemorate the completion of a new £185 million Blast Furnace.

Prince Charles at Tata Steel: "It will become one of the most sophisticated blast furnace operations in Europe"

The Prince of Wales will visit Tata Steel's steelworks, meet employees and members of the community, before visiting the Blast Furnace Control Room and unveiling a plaque to commemorate the completion of the new Blast Furnace Number Four.

The Prince said Wales should be unbelievable proud of what has been achieved here.


Prince Charles visits Tata steel arriving aboard the Royal train

On a whistlestop visit to Tata Steel the Prince commemorated the rebuilding of blast furnace number four - a major £185 million project.

He was then shown a video about the lightweight super-strength steel which could transform safety for British soldiers.

As Charles was taken around the marquee, children from Eastern Primary School performed a series of festive songs.

Prince of Wales to visit Port Talbot and Swansea

Prince Charles has a day of engagements in South Wales ahead, with visits to Swansea and Port Talbot planned.

He will first visit Tata Steel to commemorate a new blast furnace before moving onto Swansea's historic market to meet local stall owners.

As part of the Welsh Government's year-long celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas, Prince Charles will visit the birthplace of the late poet and meet members of his family.

The Prince of Wales will leave with a rather festive spring in his step - his last engagement is a traditional Plygain carol service at the University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids, of which he is Patron.


Prince Charles to unveil plaque at Tata Steel

Prince Charles
The Prince of Wales will visit numerous sites across South Wales during the course of the day Credit: Lewis Whyld / PA Wire

Prince Charles will unveil a plaque at Tata Steel in Port Talbot today to commemorate the completion of a new £185 million blast furnace.

Tata Steel employs around 7,000 people in Wales. The Prince of Wales will meet some of the 3,500 employees who work at the site in Port Talbot.

The new blast furnace is currently the largest industrial engineering project in the UK.

It will work with its neighbouring equivalent in producing up to five million tonnes of molten iron every year to be processed into steel 'hot rolled coil' on the same site.