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Holyrood Week: Day three

23rd July 2014

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to England badminton player Gabrielle Abcock during a visit to the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to England badminton player Gabrielle Abcock during a visit to the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have met Commonwealth Games athletes on the eve of the competition.

Their Royal Highnesses spoke to boxing hopefuls, badminton players and cyclists during a visit to the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The £113 million venue sits opposite Celtic Park where The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as they are known in Scotland, will accompany The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh for tonight's opening ceremony.

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin greeted Their Royal Highnesses at the boxing hall where Team India's female boxers were practising their punches alongside male competitors from the Isle of Man and Jamaica.

The Prince met Krystian Borucki, who is the only boxer competing from the Isle of Man and therefore trains with boxers from other nations.

The 35-year-old Poland-born heavyweight from Douglas said: "He just asked me what my chances are, and I told him everybody has a chance. It's boxing - one punch, you never know."

Cheavon Clarke, 23, lives in Kent but is competing for his birth country, Jamaica. He said he told The Prince he got involved in boxing through the Fight For Change foundation, which uses the sport to engage young people.

The Prince of Wales meets members of the Wales badminton team during a visit to the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

The Prince of Wales meets members of the Wales badminton team during a visit to the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

In the badminton hall The Prince and Duchess watched the fierce returns of players from Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and England as they pin their hopes on a medal.

Kieran Merrilees, from Glasgow, was doing some floor stretches when they stopped to speak to him and his team-mates.

The 24-year-old, who is hoping to secure a medal at the home Games after returning empty-handed from Delhi in 2010, said: "I am seeded number eight so I am hoping to do better this time round."

Last stop was the velodrome where they watched members of Team Canada speed round the track before meeting soldiers with the Royal Gurkha Rifles who will play a security role at the Games, which run to 3rd August.