Prince of Wales in a flap at Sandringham Flower Show

Two-year-old bald eagle Zephyr almost clipped Prince Charles with her impressive wingspan Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales had a brush with a bald eagle as he and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Sandringham Flower Show today.

As he held two-year-old eagle Zephyr, who weighs more than 10lbs, she flapped her wings and almost clipped Prince Charles with her four-foot span.

Liza Falco, from the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Essex, said: "We are hoping Zephyr will become the official mascot of the Army Air Corps.

"We are awaiting royal approval so hopefully this meeting will help with that."

Thousands braved the rain at this year's show, with many offering their congratulations to the new grandparents.