Game of thrones for the King of spades
KING Charles and Queen Camilla knuckled down to some chair necessities on a visit to Northern Ireland.
The couple delighted schoolchildren as they sat on a winning throne design to mark their Coronation.
The King later got handy with a spade as he planted a commemorative tree.
Before taking his royal seat made for two with the Queen at Hillsborough Castle, the King asked: “Shall we give it a go?”.
Camilla told the pupils of Blythefield Primary School: “It’s wonderful. Did you all work on it together?”
The bench – decorated with a crown, sceptre and orb – had an environmental theme of flowers and stags.
The Queen then gave the Belfast school’s principal Catherine Roulston a set of 23 books – the gift is part of the Coronation Libraries initiative which is helping 50 schools in areas of low literacy levels.
Mrs Roulston said her students from Years Five to Seven – Sodgel Farshy, Denver Irvine, Emma Fordyce, Colton McGrath, Bentley McRobbie and Junior Bingham – had taken great pride in the design of the King and Queen’s throne.
It is the only school from Northern Ireland among 15 UK winners of the Historic Royal Palaces competition.
Mrs Roulston added: “I think they were very pleased with it. We were so delighted they sat on it – and that it’s here for everyone to see.”
The royal couple also attended a garden party for 1,000 guests from the community yesterday before planting a tree to celebrate the start of their reign. Earlier, they cut a cake at Newtownabbey’s new Coronation