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.
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It's certainly not the brightest of starts to the day, with drizzly rain in places.
It will feel much milder tonight that it did last night, with patchy showers around the coasts.
Well what a difference a day makes! It's the calm after the storm today!