In Pictures: Prince Charles’ visit to Norfolk

The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, 1st The Queen's Dragoons Guards, visited The Robertson Barrac

The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, 1st The Queen's Dragoons Guards, visited The Robertson Barracks at Swanton Morley. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The Prince of Wales was in jovial spirit as he visited three causes close to his heart during a tour of Norfolk on Monday.

The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, 1st The Queen's Dragoons Guards, visited The Robertson Barrac

The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, 1st The Queen's Dragoons Guards, visited The Robertson Barracks at Swanton Morley. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

•Swanton Morley

The Prince of Wales greeted soldiers and their families as he visited 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards at Swanton Morley.

The heir to the throne is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment and opened Robertson Barracks' new welfare centre as well as presenting servicemen, women and cadets with medals for their service to the regiment.

The visit was one of a number of stops during a tour of Norfolk today.

The Prince of Wales, president of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, visits St Mary's W

The Prince of Wales, president of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, visits St Mary's Works in Norwich to see how the charity's Beauty-In-My-Backyard (BIMBY) online toolkit is giving the local community the opportunity to have a say in the redevelopment of a former industrial site.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

This was the first visit the Prince has paid on the regiment since its move from Germany last summer, when they replaced the Light Dragoons at the base.

During the visit he was presented with the first Queen's Dragoon Guards Regimental Medal by Lt Gen Simon Mayall for his dedication to the regiment.

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Prince Charles said: 'I am very glad to have this brief opportunity to visit Swanton Morley, which is somewhere I have never managed to visit.

'I wanted to say how enormously touched I am to have been given this medal, which is most undeserved I think.'

The Prince of Wales, president of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, visits St Mary's W

The Prince of Wales, president of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, visits St Mary's Works in Norwich to see how the charity's Beauty-In-My-Backyard (BIMBY) online toolkit is giving the local community the opportunity to have a say in the redevelopment of a former industrial site.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

He added that he was pleased to hear the regiment had settled into Norfolk and wished them well in their latest endeavours.

Prince Charles also spoke to families at the camp's newly refurbished welfare centre, where he also unveiled a plaque to commemorate its official opening.

The Prince joked with soldiers as he had a look around some of the equipment and vehicles that they use and even got into the front seat of a Jackal.

•St Mary's Works, Norwich

He is known for his outspoken views on architecture, and Prince Charles lent his views to an inner city redevelopment in Norwich.

St Mary's Works, a former shoe factory in St Mary's Plain, is to be converted into housing and thanks to a project from the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, which the Prince of Wales founded 25 years ago, the local community will have a say in how it is redeveloped.

The Beauty In My Back Yard (BIMBY) programme has seen workshops take place between residents, local organisations, developers and the city council to ensure maximum local input into the project, on which work is due to start in 2016/2017.

During his visit to the site, the Prince was given a tour of the former factory.

He also spoke to those who attended the BIMBY workshops and representatives from developers Architekton, as well as seeing feedback from the consultations.

Prince Charles said: 'I'm so glad to have had this brief opportunity to join you all.'

Speaking about the formation of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, he said: 'With the fragmentation of the building profession it was very important to gain an understanding of how you create very special places.

'I hope that the BIMBY process will prove to be of some value to different communities around the country and I very much look forward to seeing the end results.'

Vicky Manthorpe, of the Norwich Society, said: 'It is a complete change of direction as to how consultations are normally done.'

Colegate resident Jenny Hartt said: 'It is an opportunity to be a grassroots development. The idea with BIMBY is that you shape what you want to be developed and how you want it to be done.'

Fellow resident Jon Farmer added: 'From the start it was about wanting the community on board. It is a refreshing way of dealing with a development.'

•The White Horse pub, Upton

The Prince of Wales also visited a pub he played a huge part in, to keep it alive.

Prince Charles visited the White Horse pub in Upton, of which two groups he patrons made financial grants towards.

The pub received £50,000 from the Prince's Countryside fund in 2012, helping the community buy out the troubled pub.

Then in 2014, The Pub is the Hub provided £4,000 worth of funding for a community shop to be added in a converted barn adjacent to the pub.

On his visit, Prince Charles spoke to people who work at the pub and volunteer at the shop.

Peter Crook, development manager of the White Horse development trust, awarded Prince Charles a loyalty card to as a token of their appreciation for his work to save the pub.

Prince Charles, said: 'I am delighted to come here and I am really impressed with the community spirit that was shown by people here to save their pub and as well as open a local shop.

'I am extremely grateful to be given the loyalty card, meaning that I can pay less for my drinks here next time I come.'

Also on his visit, he spoke to Maurice Parker, 93, of Upton, who is the pub's longest attendee, coming to the pub now for 70 years.

He joked: 'I have never seen the pub so busy I just wanted a pint.'

He added: 'I am happy to see him here, I have come here for so long and without the money he put towards it, I might never have got the chance to keep coming here today.'

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