Prince Charles meets school children in Oxfordshire

The Happy Prince! Laughing Charles looks animated as he goes back to the classroom to meet students on a visit to Oxfordshire

  • Prince of Wales met children from Bletchingdon Parochial CoE School today
  • The Oxfordshire village has previously seen investment from The Princes’ Trust
  • Charles planted trees, and watched children bake, as well as meeting builders
  • It comes as Clarence House announced he will tour the Caribbean with Camilla

The Prince of Wales looked delighted as her met children from Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England School in Oxfordshire today.

Charles, 70, who today was without Camilla, laughed as he chatted to children from the countryside village, north of Oxford, which is built on land owned by his estate, the Duchy of Cornwall.

The school and its attached village hall opened in September 2015, and while Charles has visited the area before, today marked his first official trip to the completed classrooms. 

As well as watching children demonstrate their baking skills as they made Celtic oatcakes, he helped to plant a tree on behalf of the Woodland Trust. 

The future king looked typically smart in a grey checked suit and red patterned tie.  

Charles laughed as he chatted to children from Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England School in Oxfordshire, including Mason who chatted to the visiting royal while eating lunch 

Charles looked very happy to met pupil Imogen as he helped to plant a tree in the garden at Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England School

One school child, Mason, was pictured comically holding his hand up to the Prince while Charles knelt down during lunch.

He later looked very animated as he chatted to a pupil named Imogen outdoors during a tree planting session. 

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But it wasn’t just the children who met the prince – local builders also enjoyed a joke with the royal as Charles stopped for a chat on the building site.

Later, he planted a tree in the village, while many pupils braved the cold in green school jumpers to wave Union Jack flags.

Local builders also enjoyed a joke with him as Charles donned a three piece grey suit and purple tie to chat on the building site

Showing he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Charles helped to plant a tree in the village

Crowds of school children waved flags and looked on in awe, clearly delighted to meet the Prince

The visit comes just days after Charles told children he hopes they will make a ‘real difference to the future of this country’ as he visited a school affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

In a visit to the Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), on Wednesday Charles also suggested the children would be the next generation of cyber security experts, during a special assembly featuring a choir and a dance routine.

He spoke to five pupils affected by the Grenfell disaster, telling them they were ‘lucky to have the opportunities of enrichment’ the school offered.

The Prince, a keen gardener,  helped pupils Imogen (right) and Avalyn (left) in the school

Charles also took time to inspect the school’s artwork, as well as planting trees

The Prince enjoyed biscuits made by the pupils as they all chipped in to bake

It’s a busy time as always for Charles, as Clarence House recently announced he will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall on an upcoming royal tour of Cuba. 

The couple are expected to meet some of Cuba’s most celebrated music stars when they make an historic visit to the country.

Charles and Camilla’s official four-day trip to the communist state in March, part of a Caribbean tour, will be a first by members of the monarchy.

At a Havana recording studio, the prince and his wife may meet members of the Buena Vista Social Club, although details are yet to be finalised.

The Duke of Cornwall helped the pupils with their baking, as they handmixed the sweet treats

The Prince of Wales’ trip to the Oxfordshire village comes as it was announced he will be conducting a royal tour of the Caribbean with wife Camilla 

The Prince of Wales during a visit to Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England School on the Bletchingdon Estate Development in Oxfordshire, which is built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall  

The group became worldwide celebrities when their 1997 album became a surprise global hit and Grammy award winner.

Other highlights of the Cuban trip will see the couple meet Havana owners of the famous vintage cars still running in the capital, although these will be British classics.

There are no plans for the royal couple to meet Raul Castro, the brother of Cuba’s former Communist leader Fidel Castro who died in 2016, but they will be guests of honour at an official dinner hosted by the country’s president Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Charles enjoyed a laugh with school teachers as he met the children from the Oxfordshire school

Charles enjoyed chatting to the pupils as they tucked into their packed lunches

The Prince, who met Cuba’s president in November last year at his London home, Clarence House, today enjoyed a chat with Mason who tucked into a healthy school lunch

The Duke of Cornwall giggled as he met Mason, who looked adorable in with green primary school unifroem

Charles also had a look around the primary school’s garden, and even helped the children plant a tree

Say cheese Charles! The builders were quick to make sure they grabbed a snap of the Prince of Wales as he visited them of the Bletchingdon Estate Development

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