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Charles and Camilla travel across the country in busy day

September 12, 2008
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The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, had a taste of life in opposite ends of England this week as they visited two very different market towns.

First of all, the couple were guests of honour at a farmers' market in Cullompton, in the beautiful south-west county, and had a good time sampling the produce on offer.

The market - the first in the south-west to have the vendors selling produce they had grown, reared or created themselves – was filled with stallholders and children all eager to meet the royal duo.

The couple's hectic schedule then took them across the country to visit Morpeth, the Northumberland market town devastated in last week's heavy rains.

Hundreds of residents braved the grey skies to greet Charles and Camilla, who donned a raincoat over her light-blue suit and carried a see-through umbrella. The couple chatted to the crowd before meeting members of the emergency services to thank them for all their hard work fighting the flow of water.

"Prince Charles was very complimentary about the tremendous efforts put in by everyone," said the fire service's Keith Kelly, one of the many officers involved in last Sunday's rescue efforts.

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Camilla greets a stallholder while Charles, a keen organic farmer, checks out the produce on offer. All the goods sold at Cullompton market are grown, reared or created by the vendors Photo: © Rex

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