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The Prince of Wales officially opens Festomane

24th November 2014

The Prince of Wales inspects a Black Forest Gateau flavoured milkshake, made by pupils at Maidenhill School as he visits Festomane

The Prince of Wales inspects a Black Forest Gateau flavoured milkshake, made by pupils at Maidenhill School as he visits Festomane

The Prince of Wales visited the science and technology festival known as Festomane in Stroud today.

His Royal Highness was visiting a science and technology festival at a leisure centre in Stroud when he stopped for the picture with Claire Beard and her colleague Emma Goble.

After the picture by one of their colleagues was taken, The Prince stayed for a quick chat before continuing with his visit.

Speaking afterwards, Ms Beard, who works at the Stratford Park Leisure Centre, said she addressed The Prince as "Mr Charles".

"I asked him if it was allowed and whether I was allowed to touch him," she said.

"He said it was fine but he asked if I really wanted a picture with him in it. I said that my mum is his biggest fan. He seemed very pleased."

It is not the first time The Prince has posed for pictures with a member of the public. In July he had his picture taken with scaffolder Sam Wayne during a visit to Newquay, Cornwall.

The Prince of Wales tastes a blueberry pie and clotted cream milkshake, made by pupils at Thomas Keble School as he visits Festomane

The Prince of Wales tastes a blueberry pie and clotted cream milkshake, made by pupils at Thomas Keble School as he visits Festomane

The Prince officially opened the third Festomane festival - the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering - organised by Stroud MP Neil Carmichael.

He also met Year 8 students from five local schools who were taking part in the Dairy Crest FRijj Challenge to design their own milkshake.

Prior to The Prince's arrival, the 25 pupils presented their ideas to a panel of judges in a Dragons' Den-style format.

He later presented the winning students from Maidenhill School with their trophy.
Cutting the ribbon with a pair of Lister shears to open the festival, The Prince said: "I am so encouraged by the so many different stands here and number of companies here doing so well, particularly in the way of exports.

"This country is always renowned as an inventor and it seems we have an enormous pool of talent, and half the battle is harnessing that talent."