Glastonbury gets a royal seal of approval
THE Prince of Wales followed in the footsteps of David Bowie, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen yesterday as he graced the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival.
Although working-man's hero Billy Bragg took to the stage later in the evening, earlier in the day it was Prince Charles who received a rock star's welcome as he toured 900-acre Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, with revellers cheering his every move.
The visit prompted calls for a knighthood for festival founder Michael Eavis, who accompanied the prince throughout the day.
Wearing a light jacket and trousers, and the tie of the Mercian Regiment, of which he is Colonel-in-Chief, the British prince managed to avoid the mud now synonymous with the festival, which was bathed in glorious sunshine.
After visiting a housing development in the area, where a commemorative tree was planted, Charles's first stop within the festival grounds was the Greenpeace field.
He was greeted by Greenpeace executive director John Sauven and given a tour of the field's stalls, including the Tango cafe.
Hundreds of revellers swarmed round Charles as he stepped into the venue, cameras in hand, bemused by the unexpected guest. But he was not fazed and stopped to chat and shake hands.
Jack Rogers (27), from London, said: "He asked me how the food was. This is amazing. I wasn't expecting to see him."
Charles watched a brief performance from African musical act Zambezi Express before wading back through the masses to his Land Rover.
Festival-goers dressed in summer gear and weird and wonderful costumes shouted "We love you, Charles", as the prince made his way round the field. Following behind, Mr Eavis, dressed in a striped shirt and chinos, said it was a typical Glastonbury welcome.