The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall left behind scores of smiling faces and many happy memories at the end of a busy day visiting various locations in the Chester area.
Charles and Camilla charmed hundreds of people as they stopped off at four different locations during a packed itinerary that saw them arrive in Lache shortly after 11.30am today (Friday, September 12).
After meeting pupils at Lache Primary School, the royal couple went to the nearby integrated early support centre in Hawthorn Road which held special memories for Charles as he had previously visited the building in 1971 when he opened it as a youth centre.
The royal visitors saw and experienced a variety of the skills and classes offered to local families, including a healthy eating class.
Then it was off to the city centre and a tour of Chester Cathedral where they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who had lined St Werburgh Street in the hope of getting a glimpse of the special visitors.
Charles and Camilla spent some time shaking hands with members of the public before entering the Cathedral itself where they enjoyed a performance of an extract from last year's acclaimed production of the Chester Mystery Plays before officially opening the new Cathedral at Height tourist attraction.
The royal couple then split up with Charles heading for Airbus in Broughton where he helped the company celebrate the 75th anniversary of the plant being established on the Chester-Flintshire border.
He was shown around the North Factory where the A350’s wings are built before presenting Airbus’s Executive Vice President of Programmes Tom Williams with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which the company won in the International Trade category earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Camilla had a dual role to fulfill at the Countess of Chester Hospital where she met patients and staff as she opened the new £15m intensive care unit known as the Haygarth Building.
Her second duty at the site was another official opening - this time of the popular new Countess of Chester Country Park, where she was treated to a musical performance by youngsters from from the Lower Queen’s School Choir.
The royal entourage was then waved off by MP for the City of Chester Stephen Mosley, the Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Bob Rudd and his wife Sandra, Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary Simon Byrne and the High Sheriff of Cheshire Susan Sellers.