City of rain lives up to its name as Royal pair brave Scandinavia’s chilly weather

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It is known as the city of rain – and today Bergen gave a wet welcome to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on the second day of their tour of Scandinavia.

Camilla braved the conditions at an outdoor nursery in Norway’s second largest city.

She sheltered under a domed transparent umbrella, while Queen Sonja of Norway kept dry with the help of a bright yellow sou’wester.

The pair met schoolchildren who have their lessons in a forest environment in all weathers, with Camilla telling one child in an anorak: “I wish I had my wet weather gear on.”

She wrapped up against the rain in a brown suede skirt, brown cashmere jacket and camel cape by Anna Valentine, a cream ruffled blouse by Mr Roy and brown suede boots by LK Bennett.

The queen and the Duchess listened to camp fire songs and were shown the knife skills taught to the children.

While the Duchess was at the school, the Prince went on board the M/V Brennholm to see the work the Institute for Marine Research is doing to encourage sustainable fishing.

He waved to the small crowd of onlookers who had gathered at the city’s historic quayside.

Charles, joined by King Harald of Norway, described a fishing net designed to reduce the numbers of fish caught unintentionally and discarded, as “extraordinary”.

He was taken on to the bridge, where he was shown acoustic instruments that are used on boats to detect fish.

Charles asked scientists about replenishing fish stocks, saying: “You haven’t rebuilt the cod stocks? That’s the main problem.”

When told it should take between 20 and 25 years, he added: “So do you think they will come back? Well, we’ll see.”

The Prince and Duchess were then accompanied by their Norwegian counterparts for a cultural performance at the Hakonshallen, a medieval hall he first visited on a visit with the Queen in 1969. He had specifically asked to go back to the hall after an earlier trip there.