Saturday 20 January 2018

Prince takes to Glastonbury stage

Prince Charles with Michael Eavis as he visits Glastonbury Festival 2010
Prince Charles with Michael Eavis as he visits Glastonbury Festival 2010

The Prince of Wales has followed in the footsteps of David Bowie, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen as he graced the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

Prince Charles received a rock-star's welcome as he toured 900-acre Worthy Farm, in Pilton, Somerset, with raucous revellers cheering and applauding his every move.

And the royal visit prompted calls for a knighthood for festival founder Michael Eavis, who accompanied the Prince throughout the afternoon.

Wearing a light jacket and trousers, and the tie of the Mercian Regiment, of which he is Colonel-in-Chief, the Prince managed to avoid the mud now synonymous with the festival, which was bathed in glorious sunshine.

After visiting a housing development in Pilton, 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 the Prince as he stepped into the venue, cameras in hand, bemused by the unexpected guest. But he was not fazed and frequently stopped to chat and shake hands with the jovial spectators.

Jack Rogers, 27, from London, said: "He asked me how the food was. This is amazing, I wasn't expecting to see him today."

Charles watched a brief performance from African musical act Zambezi Express before wading back through the masses to his Land Rover.

Press Association

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