That’s the drill! Charles tries his hand at DIY
HE doesn’t really need to display any DIY skills around the palace.
So when Prince Charles was handed a power tool on a visit to a community centre yesterday, his quizzical expression seemed to indicate that he wasn’t sure whether it was a screwdriver or a drill.
And it was the cue for a caustic comment from his wife. ‘I’ll just step out of the way,’ Camilla announced.
Charles, who normally has handymen on call, chuckled as he gamely had a go at putting the final few screws into an ornamental wheelbarrow in the Men’s Shed area at Owenkillew Community Centre in Gortin, Co Tyrone.
He and Camilla were given a taste of rural life in Northern Ireland as they were treated to displays involving rare breed sheep, biodiversity, traditional music, natural remedies for animals and Gaelic football – which brought an inquiry from Charles as to whether the game is as rough as hurling.
The royal couple both took an interest in Mother Bee, a local brand of healing remedies for animals.
‘Just beautiful,’ Camilla declared after sniffing one of the pots of the secret family recipe. Brand owner Cheryl McWilliams said: ‘It’s also now being tested for humans. I gave them some pots of it so we’ll see what happens.’
Charles and Camilla later reflected in silence at a memorial garden dedicated to 29 people and two unborn babies killed by the Omagh bomb in August 1998. They laid a floral wreath of thyme, lavender and rosemary – picked from the garden at Hillsborough Castle, the royal residence in Northern Ireland – and paused for a moment’s reflection.
The bombing was carried out by the Real IRA months after the Good Friday peace agreement. The Daily Mail has long championed the Omagh families’ battle for justice.
And what do you do? The prince inspects the power tool
I can’t believe I did it: Charles is overjoyed at his handiwork
It’s easier than it looks: He drives home a screw
I need help: Charles is given a hand yesterday