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The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall spend a first day in Cornwall

15th July 2013

The Prince of Wales greets well wishers in Bude, Cornwall, as he and The Duchess of Cornwall take part in their annual summer visit to Cornwall and Devon.

The Prince of Wales greets well wishers in Bude, Cornwall, as he and The Duchess of Cornwall take part in their annual summer visit to Cornwall and Devon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have celebrated Britain's sizzling temperatures in style - with a trip to the seaside.

Their Royal Highnesses started their annual summer tour of Devon and Cornwall in the popular tourist town of Bude. Hundreds of proud locals and schoolchildren lined the streets of the town to greet the Royal couple with Union Jacks. The Prince of Wales is officially known as The Duke of Cornwall when there.

Trudi Lindsay, from Bude in Cornwall, said she was "delighted" her three-week-old daughter Ellie-Mae could see Their Royal Highnesses.

Mrs Lindsay said: "I said 'You have got one of these coming soon' and The Prince replied 'Hopefully', then he laughed.

"He was very good with Ellie-Mae, he touched her cheek. I still can't believe Prince Charles touched my baby's cheek.

"It is really exciting to have them here in Bude, especially as the weather is so nice."

Their Royal Highnesses drew loud cheers from the waiting crowds as they walked through the centre of Bude, which has been a tourist attraction since 1898.

They tasted vanilla fudge at Granny Wobbly's Fudge Pantry, where they were presented with gift boxes of treats made at the back of the shop. Manager Dom Reynolds, 18, said Their Royal Highnesses were big fans of the fudge, which they first tasted at the Royal Cornwall Show a few years ago.

Mr Reynolds said: "I gave them some vanilla fudge to try and told them about how it was made, which they were interested to hear.

"They really liked our fudge when they tried it a few years ago so I gave them a big gift box each." The Duke and Duchess visited Saltrock, a surf shop, which was established in 1988.

Owner Glen Boyce, 62, said: "Camilla was very taken with the bucket hats. They are perfect for the hot weather."

Their Royal Highnesses chatted to locals in Bude and were presented with more young children and babies by proud parents. Little Charlie James, four, wore a blue T-shirt for the occasion emblazoned with the words 'Prince Charming'.

Mother Felicity James said: "Camilla asked him about what was on his T-shirt and when he said it was Prince Charming she asked 'Are you?', then laughed. "We also laughed about the fact that he's called Charlie and she has her own Charlie too."

There were more jokes when The Duke and Duchess were given gifts by Michael Dinsdale, 53, when they visited his shop The Trading Post.

The Duchess was handed a posy of sweet pea flowers grown in a local garden, which included a sign reading 'All men are grumpy... I married the king!'.

Mr Dinsdale said: "She absolutely loved it and said it will go in her garden. I gave Prince Charles a little Cornish pin badge.

"He had a big smile on his face and said he will wear it with pride."

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Bude, Cornwall, during their annual summer visit to Cornwall and Devon.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Bude, Cornwall, during their annual summer visit to Cornwall and Devon.

Jenny Dawe, 62, who works in Box of Secrets, another local shop, showed the royals her selection of cards. "I said 'You will need a new baby card soon' and they laughed," Mrs Dawe said.

New parents Poppy and Paul Steen brought their five-day-old son Lowen to meet The Prince and Duchess.

Mr Steen, 33, said: "We've had quite a busy few days. Lowen wasn't supposed to be born today but he came on Wednesday and I had to deliver him at home.

"The midwife did joke that he might arrive on the same day as Kate's and we might get a commemorative coin but Lowen wasn't waiting for that."

Sea shanty band the Bencoolen Wrecklers played as The Duke and Duchess were driven out of Bude town centre and to Bude Castle.

Hundreds of school children cheered and waved Union Jacks as Their Royal Highnesses left Bude Castle, now a local heritage centre with galleries and archives.

Bude Carnival Fairy Queen Amber Clay, 10, handed a posy to The Duchess along with Bude Fairy Princess Emily Hardy, 10. Amber said: "Camilla was nice. I wasn't nervous because Emily was here. She said she liked our necklaces, which are red, white and blue. Our friends are very envious."

Tennagers from Bude Surf Life Saving Club showed off their skills in kayaks at the Quay, where Their Royal Highnesses met members of the local community.

Adrian Parsons, 63, chairman of Bude Surf Life Saving Club, said: "We have 85 nippers, aged between seven and 13 and another 85 13- to 16-year-olds.

"They were all begging to come down here and see them. It is a really important occasion for Bude."

The Duke and Duchess also met teenagers from Budehaven Community School, where students have lessons in surfing and kayaking.

Miles Lee-Hargreaves, 18, a former British Junior champion and British Junior Team captain, said: "They are normal people to have a nice conversation with. "Charles asked me how old I was when I started surfing. They asked about our wetsuits and kit."

Denise May, assistant head at Budehaven Community School added: "It is fantastic for our students to be able to meet them."