The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Oxford today for a series of engagements.

The Prince and The Duchess visit the Covered Market in Oxford
The Prince and The Duchess visit the Covered Market in Oxford

Their Royal Highnesses began the day meeting traders and members of the public at the historic Covered Market.

The Prince and The Duchess met local vendors from small businesses, getting a flavour of Colombian coffee, customised cakes and local cheeses.

Milly Barr, owner of Colombia Coffee Roasters, said: "The Prince was so lovely and funny. He said that he couldn't have too much coffee as he might get palpitations, but I assured him it was only one shot and very light."

The Duchess was presented with a bouquet which featured lily of the valley and primula auricula, flowers used in her own wedding day arrangement.

The Prince then opened the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies' (OCIS) new building, which is located next to Magdalen College. His Royal Highness toured the new building and The Prince of Wales Garden. 

The Prince, who has been Patron of the OCIS since 1993, gave a speech to assembled guests.

His Royal Highness said: "We need to rediscover and explore what unites rather than what divides us.  And that involves a recognition that we have all learned from each other and should continue to do so.  No one culture contains the complete truth.  We are all seekers.  And our search is – or should be – a collective human enterprise.

“That this Centre could perhaps play just the smallest part in this enterprise is my greatest wish.”

The OCIS, a recognized independent centre of Oxford University, aims to provide a meeting point between Islamic and Western worlds of learning.

The Duchess meanwhile paid a solo visit to the charity Maggie's to see how it offers emotional and practical support to people with cancer.

Her Royal Highness was shown how to tie a headscarf by cancer patient Tracy Jameson and watched as Ms Jameson secured the brightly coloured patterned scarf in place.

Maggie's Talking Heads sessions support those with hair loss through demonstrations on how to wear wigs and tie scarves.

The Duchess also looked in on a yoga class at the centre and was given her own vivid orange Maggie's T-shirt.

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