Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Prince tours studio on Jordan visit

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall meet King Abdullah and Queen Rania in Jordan

He may be far from home and touring the Middle East, but the Prince of Wales came face to face with Britain's very own Postman Pat in Jordan.

The children's character, who can normally be found delivering post in Greendale, has been created in 3D by a design company based in the capital Amman.

Charles, who visited the studio as part of his trip to the country, beamed as he was shown a segment of a 3D feature film about the character. He was also presented with a model of himself, where he was depicted with one hand in his jacket pocket, alongside Pat and his cat Jess.

While talking to staff he met Mahmoud Hindawi, 30, who drew and painted a picture of Pat as part of the film's production process. Speaking to Mr Hindawi, who did a masters degree in Newport, south Wales, the Prince said: "It's brilliant. Have you been doing this since you were quite small? Is it hereditary?"

The Prince also put on 3D glasses and used a 3D mouse to put out a fire with an extinguisher as he was shown technology used to train people in the workplace. The next scenario he tried involved wiring a plug and was told if he did it wrong he would feel a shock through the mouse.

Asked if he felt the shock, he said: "Yes I did, I don't think I would make a very good electrician."

Earlier, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, he had been officially welcomed by the King and Queen of Jordan. The royal couple were greeted on the red carpet by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah at Hummar Palace, Amman, and proceeded past a guard of honour.

At the palace the royal party sat around a table for formal photographs where speaking about the weather back in the UK, Queen Rania said to the Duchess: "So it's a good time to be away then."

Charles also visited the King Hussein Mosque where, having removed his shoes and put on white slippers, he was taken into the inner private section. There he was shown the Saladin Minbar, a pulpit, which he described as "most unbelievable" as it was constructed through interlocking pieces, known as sacred geometry.

At the same time, Camilla took part in a storytelling session for deaf children at a children's museum founded by Queen Rania. As the story was read in English, the Duchess joined the children in forming the words of the story in sign language.

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