Prince visits Great Ormond Street

Prince Charles has spent the morning at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. He visited the cancer and neurology wards and even found time to engage in one very challenging debate - the perils of Play Doh.

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Prince Charles visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

Prince Charles chats to a young patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital Credit: ITN

Young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital had a special visitor today when the Prince of Wales toured the wards.

Charles chatted to children being treated for cancer and epilepsy at the London hospital and spent time in its complementary therapy suite.

The Prince, set to become a grandfather for the first time this summer when the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth, seemed to particularly enjoy being in the hospital's playrooms.

Prince Charles gets discusses Play-Doh with a GOSH patient Credit: ITN

He pulled up a child-sized chair to chat to epilepsy patient Katie Tuffin, who was only admitted to the ward yesterday.

On being handed a tub of Play-Doh, Charles took out the green dough and promptly got to work rolling it out with a grooved rolling pin.

Eight-year-old Katie said she was impressed with the royal visitor - even though her mother, Emma, revealed that her daughter had initially thought Prince William was to be the special guest.

Charles, wearing a dark blue suit and striped shirt, seemed all too aware of the mess that can be made when Katie told him that her five-year-old brother, Oliver, mixes up the Play-Doh colours."You get annoyed by that, do you?" he asked her. "Does he grind it into the carpet?"

When Katie admitted that the siblings "sometimes" fight, the Prince gave a wry smile and said: "It tends to happen, doesn't it."


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