24 MAY 2008

It seems nothing can stop Prince Charles attending his royal duties. This week, the heir to the British throne slipped in minor surgery between a meeting with the Dalai Lama on Thursday and a tree-planting ceremony the next day.

Smiling broadly, the prince showed no signs of discomfort as he helped to plant trees at his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, just one day after a procedure to remove a non-cancerous growth from the right side of his nose.

The only sign of Prince Charles' treatment, which was carried out at his Clarence House residence, was a small plaster covering the area. There was no need for anaesthetic, revealed a spokesman for the prince.

"It was a routine and minor matter," he added.

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A small plaster on the right side of his nose is the only sign of the Prince's operation Photo: © Getty Images
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Prince Charles picks up a shovel and plants an oak sapling in the grounds of his Highgrove home on Friday, the day after his operation Photo: © Getty Images