Picture gallery: Prince Andrew visits City College Norwich

Young entrepreneurs outlined their business plans to Prince Andrew during a visit to City College Norwich this afternoon.

The Duke of York found out about the college's enterprise schemes and enjoyed lunch in the student-run Debut Restaurant.

After arriving by helicopter, the prince was welcomed by principal Dick Palmer and dined with senior college figures, dignitaries and pupils.

He then met pupils from the college's foundation studies course who have been running their own businesses, before taking a tour of the Startup Lounge, a facility designed to encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship among young people.

Principal Dick Palmer said the duke had been left impressed by the students and the work being done at the college, and called the visit 'an absolute privilege'.

He added: 'The duke was fantastic with our students, and asking some really big questions of them.

'His parting comment was that he would be telling other schools he visits that they should visit us, because we are doing what they should all be doing. That is a fantastic accolade.

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'Even though he was held up by the weather, he still gave us the full allocated two hours. He really showed his commitment to Norfolk.'

Year 12 art students Thomas Douglas, 16, and Bethany Blake, 17, showed the duke pieces of artwork they had produced in their studies.

'He was very interested in what we had made,' said Bethany, from Wymondham. 'He seemed to really like the pieces and was asking us about the materials we had used.'

The duke also spent time discussing enterprise projects with students who have established their own enterprises within the college, including stalls selling flowers and cakes.

Dean Linnell, 19, has been involved in running cake stall for the past two years as part of a hospitality course, said Prince Andrew had encouraged the students to keep working hard.

'We explained how we prepared to make the cakes, and told him how much work we have to do in terms of planning every week – shopping, then making them, decorating them and marketing them,' he said.

'He seemed really open to it all and it was great to hear his views. He said we were doing a great job and keep up the good work.'

In the Startup Lounge, Prince Andrew had the chance to meet students behind other businesses including web design start company Spiderweb, fashion label Cocoon and music and media production company Interim Records.

He was also due to visit Norwich Sea Cadets later this afternoon.

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