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We’re a bit damp, says Charles after Camilla birthday service in rainy village

Charles and attended a service at Camilla St Protus and St Hyacinth’s Church.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall braved torrential downpours to attend a church service in celebration of Camilla’s 70th birthday.

Charles and his wife were able to warm up after the service of thanksgiving at St Protus and St Hyacinth’s Church in Blisland, Cornwall, when they visited the local combined Post Office, shop and tea room to meet villagers.

On entering The Glebe Post Office and Store, on the third day of their annual summer tour of Devon and Cornwall, the Prince commented: “I’m sorry we’re a bit damp.”

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Prince Charles got a bit damp (Ben Birchall/PA)

He did not have to be asked twice when offered a restorative cuppa and said: “Well, go on, we’ll have a cup of tea.”

The royal couple seemed relaxed as they mingled with people from the small moorland community, petting dogs and inquiring about what life is like there.

One dog who got the royal seal of approval from Camilla, who stroked his fur, was Alfie, a Basset Fauve de Bretagne – or French basset hound. His owner, Graham Fletcher, was surprised that Charles knew the breed as he said it was quite rare.

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The Duchess of Cornwall meets Alfie (Ben Birchall/PA)

The Prince and Duchess also chatted to store manager Sonia Mellow, who said: “It is the only shop that Blisland has. They spoke about all the local crafts and asked who does the buying, which is myself.

“Prince Charles spoke about the Post Office and cafe. It was a great pleasure to have them visit our village and we feel honoured that they took the time to come to Blisland because we are a small little village and sometimes people don’t know where we are.”

Gabrielle Fisher-Watt, who makes all the cakes for the tea room and donates them, was pleased that the royal visitors decided to try some of her baking. Ms Fisher-Watt showed Camilla the array of sweet treats and the Duchess chose a buttered scone – which Ms Fisher-Watt said she had nearly not put out in favour of more decorated cakes.

Camilla was handed a jigsaw puzzle featuring a scene of the village as she left by Helen Gurr, who said: “She said ‘Thank you’. I said this is what the village should have looked like today (without the rain).”

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