Prince Charles and Camilla visit Essex

Prince Charles and Camilla visit Purleigh and Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex.

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Charles tours arts production park in Essex

Prince of Wales. Credit: PA Images

The Prince of Wales will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of sets for new Royal Opera House productions when he visits the organisation's workshops today.

Charles will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for his tour of the High House Production Park in Purfleet, Essex, a world-class centre for technical skills, crafts and artistic production and training.

In the paint workshop, the royal couple will see huge sets and backdrops being created for the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's new production for the Royal Ballet, The Winter's Tale, which opens in April.

Charles and Camilla will also carry out a number of engagements in Essex, visiting The Bell, a country pub in Purleigh which dates from the 14th century, to meet staff and customers and see local produce.

The prince is patron of the not-for-profit organisation the Pub is the Hub, which supports licensees, rural pubs and community services.

The royal tour of Essex will end with a trip to the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea, where Charles and Camilla will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

The royal couple will watch a performance of different scenes of Shakespeare's plays by local school children taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

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