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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Dry across the country this evening with broken cloud and some late sunshine. Scattered showers expected tomorrow.
40,000 people are expected at the motorbike event in the capital this weekend.