Prince Charles dons a hard hat and high viz jacket for visit to RSC

Safety first! Prince Charles dons a hard hat and a high-vis jacket as he tours the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume workshop renovations

  • Prince Charles donned a hard hat and high viz jacket for his tour of the RSC
  • He saw more than 40,000 items they keep in their costume cupboard today 
  • Heir also watched a short performance of The Boy in a Dress by David Walliams 

Prince Charles looked elated today as he donned a hard hat and high-viz jacket to meet some of the skilled costume and prop-makers from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) during a visit to Warwickshire.

The Prince of Wales was shown examples of the 40,000 items which make up the RSC’s costume store and toured the site of the ongoing multi-million pound redevelopment of the company’s existing Costume Workshop buildings and praised the ‘super actors’ from the prestigious company on his visit. 

During his visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, the heir to the throne also viewed a short performance of The Boy in the Dress at the RSC’s The Other Place venue, a play adapted from the book by David Walliams with songs by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.

Prince Charles looked elated today as he donned a hard hat and high-viz jacket to meet some of the skilled costume and prop-makers from the Royal Shakespeare Company

The Prince of Wales was shown examples of the 40,000 items which make up the RSC’s costume store and tour the site of the on-going multi-million pound redevelopment of the company’s existing Costume Workshop buildings

Often spotted with a vibrant tie collection, today was no exception for Charles who donned a patterned blue and white number under a grey suit and striped shirt under his high viz jacket and hard hat

Charles, who himself made a guest appearance on the boards at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon theatre in 2016, was shown the hundreds of yards of clothing racks, holding garb including helmets, chain mail shirts and dresses by Gregory Doran, the company’s  artistic director.

The collection is so large it spans four floors.

Charles was then treated to an eight-minute performance of The Boy In The Dress.

During his visit to the region he also delivered a speech at a cutting-edge automotive engineering facility in the heart of the West Midlands, telling his audience there was ‘no choice other than to decarbonise’ the car industry.

Hello there! Prince Charles waved to the crowd as he leaves the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Stratford-upon-Avon today

The Prince of Wales and Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), viewing the restoration work in the Costume Workshop of the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon during a tour of Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

The Prince looked intrigued as he toured with Gregory Doran and saw the comapny’s viewing the costume store of the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

Prince Charles had a tour of the construction works which are taking place as part of a major redevelopment and restoration project, the costume stores and watched a short performance and met performers, staff and supporters at a reception.

Charles looked delighted as he watched the young theatre group perform the play about a 12-year-old boy who loves playing football and wearing dresses.   

After, he chatted with cast members and praised the ‘super performance’, adding: ‘It was very good, at least I got a vague idea of it.’

Charles was also keen to find out where the actors had trained.

Cheerful Charles! The Prince of Wales couldn’t help but smile at wellwishers as he walked between venues

The laughing Prince! Charles looked delighted to watch the young performers and was pictured beaming in the audience 

He hailed their work ethic, telling one ‘doing this nearly every day, the dancing, you must be absolutely knackered at the end of it’.

The prince then spoke to supporters of the Costume Workshop project, including Lydia and Manfred Gorvy.

Urging Mr Gorvy to take a seat, rather than stand for him, Charles asked about their backing for the construction, Mrs Gorvy said.

She said they had recounted when they watched the ‘absolutely charming’ Charles himself treading the boards for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, in April 2016.

During his visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, the heir to the throne also viewed a short performance from The Boy in the Dress at the RSC’s The Other Place venue, a play written by David Walliams with songs by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. He is shown beaming in the audience

Paying attention! Charles looked enthralled by the performance in the West Midlands today

They were in the audience when Charles delivered the famous line from Hamlet, ‘To be – or not to be’, in Stratford, alongside other stars of stage and screen.

‘We told him we had seen him (perform) and he said ‘I was terrible’,’ Mrs Gorvy added.

‘He wasn’t – but he’s got a great sense of humour.’

As he was leaving, Charles joked with the waiting crowd outside asking: ‘Are you trying to get in?’

He turned and waved as another group caught his eye, asking them: ‘Are you waiting for a play, or something?’

School teacher Stephanie Morel-Jean, who had brought a group of students from France, called back to him: ‘No, I’m from France.’

As the prince exclaimed ‘Oh, from France!’, he laughed as Mrs Morel-Jean added: ‘This is the best day of my life!’.

Armour fit for a Prince! Charles looked intrigued as he looked at the extensive costume collection

Charles gave the performers a round of applause after he watched a short performance of the Boy in a Dress

Later in Coventry, Charles officially opened the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick’s main campus site on the outskirts of the city.

He saw a showcase of projects including an electrical racing bike developed by engineering students and Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) new self-driving concept car.

Sir Ralph Speth, JLR’s chief executive, reminded the prince that it would be 50 years on Wednesday since Charles first publicly raised the issue of environment and plastics.

In a speech, Charles praised the NAIC as a centre bringing together ‘the brightest minds to tackle some of our society’s toughest problems’.

He added: ‘If we want to keep travelling, then we really have no choice other than to decarbonise this essential industry, as rapidly as possible.

Later in Coventry, Charles officially opened the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick’s main campus site on the outskirts of the city

He saw a showcase of projects including an electrical racing bike developed by engineering students and Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) new self-driving concept car

In a speech, Charles praised the NAIC as a centre bringing together ‘the brightest minds to tackle some of our society’s toughest problems’. He is pictured as he  looks at future vehicles as he is shown the engineering hall

‘By bringing the key people together we can make a real difference in the efforts to transform the way we travel. ‘

In his role as patron of The Almshouse Association, the prince is also visiting the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses in Bedworth. 

Often spotted with a vibrant tie collection, today was no exception for Charles who donned a patterned blue and white number under a grey suit and striped shirt. 

The Prince of Wales has afternoon tea with residents during a visit to the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses in Bedworth

The royal also met one of the residents in their home and will later be planting a tree in the gardens to mark his visit

The royal added a touch of sophistication by coordinating with his pocket square, and later kept warm with a brown coat. 

Charles is also meeting the students, apprentices and employees at what is the largest automotive research and development facility of its kind in Europe.

In his role as patron of The Almshouse Association, the prince is later visiting the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses in Bedworth, in the north of the county.

The royal also met one of the residents in their home and will later be planting a tree in the gardens to mark his visit.

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