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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Rutland

28th July 2014

TRH meet a group of children and volunteers about to set off on a 'Country Mile, as part of the Prince's Countryside Fund's 'Walk a Country Mile' initiative

TRH meet a group of children and volunteers about to set off on a 'Country Mile, as part of the Prince's Countryside Fund's 'Walk a Country Mile' initiative. Photos copyright Anglian Water.

The Prince of Wales has cooled down in balmy heat by tasting local ales at a farmers market in Rutland.

His Royal Highness, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, seemed to enjoy his tipple of Rutland Bitter, brewed locally by The Grainstore Brewery, at one of the stalls in Oakham.

The Prince and Duchess also received gifts of honey, a leg of lamb and a loaf of local bread as they chatted with stall holders in the town square.

Her Royal Highness was presented with numerous bouquets of flowers from members of the crowd who had lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets wave flags and cheer as The Prince and The Duchess walked through the town towards Oakham Castle.

Tony Davis, managing director of The Grainstore Brewery, said: "They came over to the stall and both Charles and Camilla tried our Rutland Bitter. They said it was a very nice light beer which wasn't too strong."

Children from the local primary schools sang for the Royal couple as they arrived at Oakham Castle before Camilla presented a decorative horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor Mr Hanbury to mark her first official visit to the town.

The horseshoe will be hung with more than 230 others in the Great Hall which have been presented over the years.

It is tradition that a Peer of the Realm or senior member of the Royal Family should donate a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor on their first visit to the town.

The oldest surviving horseshoe is said to have been given by Edward IV around 1470.

Her Royal Highness and Peter Simpson, Anglian Water Chief Executive, are shown some of the wildlife caught by children pond-dipping on a Nature Detectives day

Her Royal Highness and Peter Simpson, Anglian Water Chief Executive, are shown some of the wildlife caught by children pond-dipping on a Nature Detectives day. Photo copyright Anglian Water.

After the presentation the Royal couple met with military personnel from Kendrew and St Georges Barracks including members of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and Arms Explosive Search Dogs, local scouts and brownies before leaving the castle to travel on to Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

The couple met Wildlife Trust Volunteers and toured the land at the reserve. His Royal Highness is Patron of the Wildlife Trusts since 1977.

The Prince was shown the wetland lagoons that have been created to extend the nature reserve and protect the wildlife that lives there, while allowing more water to be taken from the reservoir to supply drinking water to the surrounding area.

Meanwhile, The Duchess toured the education centre and met local children at the pond-dipping area.

Earlier the Royal couple visited St John and St Anne Almshouse in Oakham, which provides housing for retired people who want to maintain their independence.

The Prince, who is Patron of the Almshouse Association, and The Duchess were given a tour of the facilities in St Anne's Close.