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Farmer gives Charles the red carpet treatment

January 22, 2004
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A keen fan of both gardening and agriculture, Prince Charles is not afraid of walking through a muddy field. The future king must have been a little surprised, therefore, when he was met with a red carpet during his visit to a farm in East Yorkshire on Thursday.

His host, 27-year-old Peter Chantry, had been a little concerned about the mucky conditions, so he found some old stair carpeting and laid it across his orchard in preparation for the visit. It wouldn't compare to those to be found at Clarence House, but Charles wasn't about to snub the gesture, and he gamely ventured out into the rain and planted a tree in Mr Chantry's orchard.

"When I woke up this morning and saw it was raining, I thought about Prince Charles and all the other people coming to the farm," revealed Peter. "It was getting quite muddy and it was all we could find. I was most concerned that the Prince should not get his feet wet when he walked out there."

The Prince of Wales made the visit in his capacity as President of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

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Though it may not have quite measured up to red carpets used at royal events, Charles seemed to appreciate the improvised runway supplied by host Peter Chantry, who was anxious to protect the royal footwearPhoto: © PA

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