Prince Charles tells crowds at Sandringham Flower Show he wants to be known as Grandpa

Prince Charles with Zephyr the eagle at Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Prince Charles with Zephyr the eagle at Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Prince Charles told expectant crowds at yesterday's Sandringham Flower Show that he is to go on babysitting classes to enable him take care of his new grandson.

As the Prince of Wales – who also revealed that he will be called grandpa – toured the event to greet members of the public who had waited hours in the rain to see him, 73-year-old Chatteris resident Freda Aspinall asked whether he would be babysitting for baby George.

'He said he's going on a course to learn how to babysit,' she said.

'I then said to Camilla: 'What does the baby look like?'.

'She said that he looks absolutely gorgeous – that he doesn't really look like anyone else at the moment but that he's a really beautiful baby.'


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Sandringham WI president Yvonne Browne told Charles and Camilla that they could even join the organisation's own grandparents' club if they wanted guidance on babysitting and other matters.

During the visit Prince Charles also revealed to 70-year-old Keith Dixon, from Oundle, near Peterborough, that he would be called grandpa by the new arrival, rather than granddad.

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Both Charles and Camilla were mobbed with gifts for the new baby including cards, flowers and teddy bears as members of the public and exhibitors were eager to pass on their congratulations.

They included a shawl from the Sandringham branch of the Women's Institute, hand-made by its vice-president, Ann Whiting, over six months from two-ply wool, and a teddy bear from the charity Care UK.

The Prince indicated that he would pass the WI shawl onto George's parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

'He said they'd be thrilled with it,' Mrs Whiting said.

The couple were even greeted with a banner which read 'congratulations' as they walked out of one of the Royal marquees while Sheila Clark, 55, travelled from Glasgow to present the Royal couple with a blue embroidered teddy bear for Prince George.

'I come to the flower show every year but I particularly wanted to do something this time,' Mrs Clark said.

'I embroidered his name on it, and on its feet I had his weight and time of birth.'

Elizabeth Dack, 62, from Stoke Holy Cross, made a congratulations card, complete with a stunning picture of a swallowtail butterfly – a vanishing species which can only be seen in a few places, including the Norfolk Broads.

Mrs Dack, who volunteers with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: 'He was very pleased with the card and really pleased to hear you can still see swallowtail butterflies on the Broads.'

Mrs Dack also presented the duchess with some flowers.

'She stopped and waited while I took a photo of her, which was lovely,' she said.

Margaret Wright travelled from Derbyshire to give the prince some raspberry jam.

'I made some raspberry jam for grandpa Charles,' she said.

'I don't know if he likes raspberry jam at all but I hope he does.'

10-year-old Rebecca Haime, from Brundall, also got to the front of the line to congratulate Prince Charles on becoming a grandfather.

'He said that he hoped she had nice grandparents,' said Rebecca's grandmother, Valerie Rivett, also from Brundall.

'She said 'yes', because we are!'

Rebecca added that meeting the Prince was both 'interesting' and 'exciting'.

Anne Lee, 62, from Dereham, also gave him some flowers.

'I just said to him: 'I've got to congratulate you on being a grandfather',' she said.

'He asked if I got there before him and I said 'yes', because our grandson was born two years ago.'

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