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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Breezy overnight. It will become fairly cloudy as the night progresses.
It should turn cloudier through the early hours with some patchy drizzle and some hill fog too.
It will be a breezy day with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny spells.