PRINCE Charles joined celebrations on Monday (June 2) marking Warwick 1,100th anniversary.
His Royal Highness met students from Warwick School and unveiled a special plaque to commemorate his visit. He also signed the visitor book that his grandmother, the Queen Mother, had signed when she visited the school over 50 years before.
The future king also joined an assembly while the Warwick School Choir welcomed him to the chapel with a rendition of ‘I was Glad’.
The Prince was given three cheers by students and staff before he addressed the whole school from a balcony overlooking the sports field.
He said: “I am still trying to work out if it really is 1,100 years old, but I have been reliably informed that this is the case!
“My grandmother came here in 1958 when I was ten years old, so it is a pleasure for me to see it for myself.
“On this occasion, I wanted to wish the whole school every possible success in the future, in the hope that by coming here I have not caused much disruption in terms of your academic studies.
“I do hope you have great successes. Nothing could give me greater pleasure than to unveil this plaque. Many happy returns on your anniversary.”
The Prince then went on to Warwick Castle.
After a tour of the Great Hall and State Rooms – which have previously welcomed royals including Queen Elizabeth and King George VI – he enjoyed afternoon tea with staff.
Castle general manager Geoff Spooner said: “We were hugely honoured to welcome the Prince of Wales in celebration of our 1,100th birthday. The visit commemorates the many generations of royal visitors who have played a significant role in the history of Warwick Castle, from its earliest days right to the present day.”
The Prince also visited neighbouring Stratford to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
HRH was welcomed to Warwick School by the Combined Cadet Force. (s)
The Prince Charles learns about the castle from Aaron Manning, Head of Historical Interpretation. (s)
HRH took time to chat with visitors to the castle. (s)
The signs the visitors’ book, as his grandmother The Queen Mother did on her visit in 1958, watched by School Archivist Gervald Frykman. (s)
The Prince meets the captains and coaches of the Warwick School rugby teams, which recently played in the Twickenham Finals of the NatWest Cup. (s)
HRH listens to the Warwick School Choir in the chapel. (s)
Prince Charles meets the entire school. (s)
Headmaster Gus Lock (right) and dignitries greet Prince Charles. (s)