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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Guernsey

19th July 2012

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall run under a brightly coloured Parachute during a youth rally at Saumarez Park in Guernsey

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were treated to a display of activities and games by hundreds of schoolchildren as they continued their Diamond Jubilee visit of the Channel Islands.

Some of the 400 11-year-olds at the youth showcase in Guernsey highlighted their circus skills, cupcake-making abilities and somersault routines.

Their Royal Highnesses lapped up the displays and listened as 16-year-old Rachel Merrien and Jonathan Le Ray, 18, explained each organisation's work at Saumarez Park.

A beaming Prince and Duchess drew applause when they took part in a game which involved running beneath a parachute after it had been lifted from the fringes by 22 children.

Just before running underneath the brightly-coloured parachute, the children shouted: "Whose name begins with the letter C?"

Followed by: "Who lives in a castle?"

The Prince and Duchess then had to run into the centre of the parachute as it was held up, prompting cheers and claps from the assembled crowd.

Youth service worker Mary O'Reilly. 49, said afterwards: "Charles and Camilla were fantastic.

"This has been an amazing experience for the children, and I think they really enjoyed themselves too."

The Duchess later split from His Royal Highness during a walkabout of the park, and took part in a resuscitation of a dummy.

She joked: "I think it's dead.

"I think I've killed him."

The Prince, meanwhile, spoke to members of the RAF Air Cadets at their stand where he was invited to throw a paper aeroplane.

And he also tried his hand at plate-spinning with members of the Guernsey Sports Commission.

One of its officers, 31-year-old Jenny Rees, said: "He was really good fun.

"He was keen on finding out about our work and wanted to understand what we did."

As The Prince spoke to the crowds which had turned out in their hundreds, four-year-olds William Tyrell and Zac Stanton bellowed "Hello, Prince Charles" several times, drawing laughter from those gathered nearby.

Eventually spotting where his well-wishers were seated amid the throng, The Prince pointed at the crossed-legged pair of youngsters and smiled in their direction.

The Prince, a keen farmer and agricultural supporter, went on to meet farmers Margaret and Bonamy Martel, the winners of the Queen's Cup in 2011 for their prize-winning cow Sonny's Maid.

Her Royal Highness, meanwhile, was shown some of the 52 brightly-decorated fibre glass cows displayed by the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project as part of a fund-raising effort.

Later, the royal couple toured a Victorian walled kitchen garden which is undergoing restoration, met volunteer gardeners and officially opened a newly-built Orchard House glasshouse.

A rare pear tree was handed as a gift to The Prince, while The Duchess received a posy of flowers grown in the garden, which has produced several prize-winning crops.