The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall received a rapturous welcome from the students of Liverpool University as they began a day marking the city's culture, history and people.
Dozens of students lined crash barriers to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they began their day celebrating the university's Institute of Irish Studies.
One excited student reached out to give Camilla a hug when she joined her husband on a brief walkabout meeting the young people.
Moonsun Kim, from Korea, who is studying supply chain management, said: "I'm so excited, I've never seen a member of the royal family before.
"I was passing and heard the prince and his wife were coming and decided to stay. I hope I wasn't wrong to give her a hug."
Soon after Charles and Camilla arrived they welcomed Ireland's President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina who are midway through a three-day visit to the UK.
The Prince of Wales also met the daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela while on a visit to Liverpool.
Charles spoke to Dr Makaziwe, or Maki, Mandela, and her daughter Tukwini, at a reception celebrating the city's ethnic minority community in St George's Hall on Tuesday.
Dr Mandela showed the prince a selection of her father's drawings, which are on permanent display in the building.
The Struggles Collection of artwork was donated to Liverpool City Council and charity Mandela 8 last year, and is made up of five line drawings depicting the stages of South Africa's development and the direct influence Mandela brought from struggle, imprisonment, freedom, unity and future.
Dr Mandela said Charles had praised the artwork.
Finally the Prince of Wales visited the newly named 'Royal Albert Dock' in Liverpool. The visit was to celebrate its new royal status ahead of the 175th anniversary in 2021 of its opening by Prince Albert.