The Prince of Wales meets Australian cricketers Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and David Warner
The Prince of Wales began a five-day visit to Wales today as His Royal Highness arrived at the SSE SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.
The Prince met players from both the England and Australia cricket teams ahead of the Ashes Test Series this week.
His Royal Highness met England captain Alistair Cook and watched the Australian team train.
Australian fast-bowler Nathan Lyon said : "It was a massive honour from an Australian cricket team point of view - especially as it's something that a lot of people don't get to do.
"It was great for him to come out and meet our guys and pass on a few words."
The Prince of Wales meets members of The Prince's Trust programme during a visit to the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff
As part of his visit, The Prince of Wales also met with unemployed young people taking part in a Prince's Trust ‘Get into Hospitality’ course.
During the programme, funded by the Co-operative Foundation and forming part of the Truth About Youth initiative, participants gain qualifications and receive training in hospitality and customer service.
And those taking the course will put into practice what they have learnt at various events this summer, starting with The Ashes later this week.
Arjan Singh, 18, said he was so much more confident about his abilities after the course.
He said: "It was so frustrating being young, unemployed and not being able to get experience. But now I'm feeling much more optimistic about my future. I have developed so many transferable skills from the course and I'm looking forward to putting them into practice over the summer.
"Meeting The Prince was something special - especially getting to make a cup of tea for him.”
The Prince of Wales then visited the ‘Too Good To Waste’ recycling charity in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
His Royal Highness was welcomeed by 120 children from local school Ynyshir Primary and given a special bouquet of "flowers" made entirely from old newspapers.
‘Too Good To Waste’ sells unwanted household items as well as providing training opportunities for low income families. The charity was set up after receiving help from The Prince’s Trust and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. ‘Too Good To Waste’ provides over 280 free furniture packages to people in need and supports 288 volunteers by giving them work-based training and experience.
Among the items on sale included a special commemorative mug given to schoolchildren marking The Prince’s investiture at Caernarfon Castle in 1969.
Ceri Williams, a school placement in their Ynyshir branch said: “It was a pleasure to meet His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. He was interested to hear about what I do here, I explained that I am here on a 6 month school placement and that I am really enjoying my time in the electrical department. It has made me realise that I would like to work as an electrician in future.”
The Prince of Wales is shown a mug commemorating a 1969 Investiture during a visit to the 'Too Good To Waste' recycling charity and social enterprise in Ynyshir, Wales. The charity reduces waste by collecting re-usable household items and redistributing them via its charity showrooms. The charity was set up 20 years ago with help from The Prince's Trust. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began their annual visit to Wales today. #WalesWeek
The Prince also visiited HMP Parc to view the prison gardens and meet young offenders taking part in a 'Get Started with Football' programme run by The Prince's Trust.