Royal couple in Yorkshire to meet flood victims

THE Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to visit a Yorkshire village badly affected by the post-Christmas floods today.

Prince Charles the Duchess of Cornwall on a previous visit to Harrogate.

The royal couple are heading to Stamford Bridge, in East Yorkshire, where they will meet residents and business owners, including at The New Inn, in The Square, which was inundated by the River Derwent at the end of December.

They will also meet representatives from The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group, which helps businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies such as flooding, cyber-attacks and civil unrest.

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From Stamford Bridge, Charles and Camilla will move on to Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, where they will see a showcase of events to mark Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th anniversary year.

As well as meeting supporters and some of the key groups, the royal couple will be entertained in the Royal Hall by soprano Lesley Garrett and clarinettist Emma Johnson, introduced by Julian Lloyd Webber.

Charles and Camilla’s day in Yorkshire is due to continue with a visit to meet patients and staff at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, in Harrogate District Hospital, before moving on to the tea tasting rooms at Taylors of Harrogate.

The royal visitors will conclude their day in the spa town at Betty’s Cookery School.

On Wednesday, Charles paid tribute to the “extraordinary reserves of resilience” and “wonderful sense of humour” of the people of Redcar on a visit to the crisis-hit town.

He was there to hear about the closure of the local steelworks, resulting in almost 2,000 job losses, and meet members of the multi-agency SSI Task Force.