The Prince of Wales shares a joke with Nadia Brydon (left) and patient Julia Higgs
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Staff said that Charles seemed relaxed and kind throughout his visit
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8 JANUARY 2004
Prince Charles received a rousing reception from a huge crowd of well-wishers when he turned out to open a breast cancer clinic in Hereford. The 55-year-old looked to be thoroughly enjoying the visit, despite the controversy that has engulfed him in recent days.

"Keep your chin up Charles," said 40-year-old Beverly Terry, one of the many royal fans at the event. "It's a difficult time," he responded. "Thank you."

Around 200 people came along to cheer the Prince as he opened the Haven Trust Therapy Centre. It was his first public appearance since a tabloid newspaper published one of Princess Diana's private letters and thereby provoked the latest row to hit the Royal Family.

"Charles acknowledged he was having difficulty but I think he appreciated the support from people here," said one onlooker. "He is a very brave fellow it took some guts to come."

The Prince of Wales managed to remain upbeat throughout and chatted animatedly with patients and staff. "He was very relaxed, concerned and kind he made people laugh two or three times," said founder Sara Davenport afterwards.




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