Prince steams in for cap­i­tal vis­its

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COM­MUTERS at Cardiff Cen­tral Rail­way Sta­tion were left do­ing dou­ble takes yesterday when Prince Charles ar­rived in the royal train pulled by a steam lo­co­mo­tive.

As peo­ple hur­ried to work or to the shops, Charles be­gan his tour of the cap­i­tal by strid­ing down plat­form three to meet the driver.

The heir to the throne climbed into the cab of Clan Line, which was built the same year he was born – 1948.

Driver Vince Hen­der­son, 58, chat­ted to the royal and said after­wards: “He was ask­ing odds and sods about the en­gine and about the coal, and he wished us all merry Christ­mas.

“The train is 70 years old, it was made the same year he was born and he knew that, he said so.”

On the plat­form, Charles met a group of young peo­ple who have taken part in a Prince’s Trust Cymru pro­gramme to equip them with skills for the rail in­dus­try.

Dur­ing his day in Cardiff, the prince also vis­ited the City Hospice in Whitchurch.

He was greeted by the hospice’s

ROB BROWNE

Prince Charles met young peo­ple who have taken part in a Prince’s Trust pro­gramme Press As­so­ci­a­tion

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