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Queen praises Charles' work on town

The Queen has spoken of her "great pride" at the work that Prince Charles is doing to help regenerate a town.

Six of the Prince of Wales's charities, including The Prince's Trust, have done extensive work in Burnley, Lancashire, in a bid to revitalise the former world centre of the cotton industry. Charles has been a regular presence in the town in recent years but the Queen has not visited since 1987.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh as part of her nationwide Diamond Jubilee tour, she was greeted with a warm welcome by hundreds of well-wishers as the royal party boarded a barge which took them along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The short journey took them to the Weavers' Triangle, which takes its name from the cotton workers who were housed and worked there in the 19th century. Together with Charles they met young people and organisations who have worked with The Prince's Charities.

They then attended the start of the Prince's Charities Regeneration Summit at the heart of the planned multimillion-pound regeneration plans for the Weavers' Triangle, which Charles believes has huge potential and could be "the real making of the town".

In a speech at the start of the summit, the Queen said: "I have been interested to learn today about the work undertaken by The Prince's Charities to transform lives and build sustainable communities. By joining forces with local groups here in Burnley they have helped to make a considerable difference to the town and its people.

"I have no doubt much of this is due to the hard work and commitment of those who selflessly volunteer their time and energy, some of whom are here today.

"The leadership and interest of the Prince of Wales has encouraged and enthused communities to come together to improve their neighbourhoods, their towns and cities and their countryside, and ensuring that The Prince's Charities focus on the right areas, such as the quality of the built environment and opportunities for young people.

"It is a source of great pride to see your (Charles's) work bearing fruit through the activities being discussed at this summit. The result of your determination to make changes for the better, in a wide range of areas, across the country and further afield, is an ongoing legacy which is present for all to see and understand today."

Wearing a pale pistachio green Stuart Parvin dress and coat, with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, the Queen later toured Burnley College and its University of Central Lancashire campus. Lunch followed at Burnley Football Club - said to be Charles's favourite football team.

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