The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall carried out engagements in London today that celebrated technology, innovation and sustainable fashion.
At the YouTube Space in King's Cross, Their Royal Highnesses met YouTubers and learnt about Google Arts & Culture projects.
The project is an immersive way for users to explore art, history and wonders of the world. It puts over 1,500 museums at users’ fingertips. The Prince and The Duchess tried on virtual reality headsets and saw how Google Arts & Culture allows internet users to explore historic locations and sites in an interactive way. Archaeologist Jago Cooper of the British Museum showcased the Ancient Maya project, which explores the story of the Maya through interactive photos and video.
YouTube video creators Joe Sugg and Louise Pentland talked to Their Royal Highnesses about how they create videos that are watched by millions and discussed topics including traditional thatching and children’s literacy. The Duchess takes a keen interest in promoting literacy and Louise Pentland is an author.
The Prince tried thatching a roof with Joe Sugg, which had been set up in a studio in the YouTube Space. The Space is a place made available to “YouTubers” for them to create content for their channels.
Joe Sugg has more than eight million subscribers to his ThatcherJoe channel and is a fully trained roof thatcher. The Prince of Wales champions traditional skills, such as thatching, through his charity The Prince’s Foundation.
His Royal Highness also met young people who had their lives turned around by The Prince's Trust and took part in a debate on knife crime and social media.
Omar Sharif, 26, was stabbed when he was part of a gang aged 17. Fearing for his safety, he moved to Coventry, but with few qualifications struggled to find a job.
"I saw an advert for The Prince's Trust and I had heard of it, but didn't quite know what it was. I was 19, and married, so I had to support a family and the programme really changed my outlook.
"I was depressed when I moved from London, and had gained weight, so while on a fat-loss programme they gave me the idea to set up a boot camp and run it. I had 100 people a week, so they helped me again with a start-up programme and that allowed me to start my business."
Mr Sharif now runs his own personal training company in Coventry, working in some of the city’s biggest gyms.
"The Prince's Trust gave me something to be proud of," he said.
Next, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Yoox Net-a-Porter's (YNAP) cutting edge Tech Hub in White City, which has been developed by the online fashion retailer as part of their investment in technology and operations.
YNAP employs close to 5,000 people with more than 2,000 based in London. As part of the tour, Their Royal Highnesses visited a showroom featuring British brands and sustainable fashion and met students who were taking part in coding workshops.
The last stop on the trip was Soho House's new outpost in White City, where The Prince cut through the red ribbon and declared the members' club open for business.
Inside, new British talent in sustainable fashion, textiles and design industries were showcasing their works.
British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful met The Prince of Wales for the first time. He said: "I love what he does for fashion, the new generation. I'm a huge fan. It's a real honour."