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Prince Charles praises 'extraordinary resilience' of Redcar

Prince Charles has paid tribute to the "extraordinary resilience" of the people of Teesside, on a visit to Redcar today.

The Prince of Wales attended a meeting of the SSI Task Force, set up after the closure of the town's steelworks last autumn.

More than 1,000 former SSI and supply chain workers are now in new jobs or full-time training.

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Prince Charles meets his 6-year-old 'mini-me'

Prince Charles meets his 'mini-me' Benjamin Cooper

The Prince of Wales met one of his biggest fans when he was introduced to a boy who insists on dressing just like him.

Six-year-old Benjamin Cooper studied the Royal Family at school and ever since has worn a suit to be just like Charles.

The Prince met Ben and his family as he arrived in Redcar for a visit to hear about the closure of the local steel plant.

He will meet members of the multi-agency SSI Task Force which was set up afterthe announcement last year that the historic Teesside plant was to shut with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

Shaking Ben's hand, who was accompanied by his parents, Elaine and Ian, and sister, Eve, the Prince laughed as they explained their son's admiration for him.

I like him because he was the smartest dressed when we studied them at school.

I like to dress smart so I can be like Charles.

– Benjamin Cooper

Mrs Cooper said Ben had been doing it for 18 months now and even dresses smartly for friends' parties.

"The present he asked for was a smart suit so he could be like the Prince," she said.



Ant and Dec to host Prince's Trust Awards today

Clarence House has tweeted a photo of the Prince of Wales with Geordie presenter due Ant and Dec. They will host the annual Prince's Trust Awards today.

Ant and Dec to work with Prince Charles for ITV documentary

Ant&Dec will film with Prince Charles for ITV documentary. Credit: PA

TV royalty Ant and Dec are joining up with the real thing for a new documentary about the work of the Prince's Trust.

The Geordie duo will spend time with the Prince of Wales as the trust gears up to its 40th anniversary in 2016.

The result will be a 90-minute ITV special shown next year.

Ant and Dec are both ambassadors of the trust and say they are 'hugely excited' to be working with Prince Charles on the 'first project of this kind.'

We've worked with The Prince's Trust for years and know what an incredible job they do of supporting young people right across the UK. This is a unique opportunity for us to get under the skin of a great organisation and its founder, to pose the questions we've always wanted to ask and to see the achievements of the young people celebrated.

– Ant & Dec

The trust, launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, works with people aged 13 to 30 struggling with school or unemployment.

We are delighted to be following The Prince's Trust over a year to celebrate this landmark occasion.

This special programme will see Ant and Dec spending time throughout the year with the Prince and seeing at close hand the work he does within the trust aimed at enhancing young people's lives up and down the country.

This promises to be a major event in the schedule and a real treat for our viewers.

– ITV's factual commission editor Andrew O'Connell
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