Monday 24 April 2017

Charles caught in bit of a royal flap

Prince Charles has a close encounter with a bald eagle in Sandringham. Getty
Prince Charles has a close encounter with a bald eagle in Sandringham. Getty
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It shouldn't happen to a prince but the British royal heir had a close shave when he visited Sandringham yesterday.

It wasn't as bad as previous close encounters the prince has had with the Sandringham Flower show's mascot, a bald eagle named Zephyr. Nonetheless he looked none too comfortable when the bird almost clipped his wings with a sudden takeoff.

In the past Charles held the bird, which showed its displeasure as only bald eagles can. As the bird flapped its wings yesterday, Charles joked: "That's why I'm not holding him. I've learnt from experience. I'm keeping well back."

His wife Camilla was with him as he mingled with the crowd and many brought gifts to the event on Queen Elizabeth's country estate. Among them was Lucy King (8) from Norfolk, who passed them a letter for Kate Middleton. She said: "I gave a card to [Kate] before and she wrote back.

"I've kept writing and they always reply. This year I wrote welcoming Kate and William to Norfolk."

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