Glastonbury : Ulster rockers meet a fish-out-of-water royal
If his mother looked like she was right at home at Wimbledon in her turquoise hat, Prince Charles appeared to be a fish out of water when he met up with a Northern Ireland band at the Glastonbury Festival.
Making a cameo on the Pyramid Stage, the awkward royal in a double-breasted suit could no sooner pull off the festival look as he could his dress, despite the tentative concession of an unbuttoned jacket.
Wearing a light jacket and trousers and the tie of the Mercian Regiment, of which he is Colonel-in-Chief, the Prince managed to avoid the mud now synonymous with the festival, which was bathed in glorious sunshine.
Appearing briefly as president of Water Aid, one of Glastonbury's charities, the Prince took a tour of Worthy Farm with its owner, Michael Eavis and later had a go on the Water Aid's ‘welly shy’, which involved throwing a tennis ball at a gumboot.
As word spread of the visit, a crowd gathered, chanting “Charlie” and calling for him to “give us a wave”. Wave he did and, when asked if he was enjoying his visit, the Prince replied: “How could I not?” Festival-goers dressed in summer gear and weird and wonderful costumes shouted “We love you, Charles” as the Prince made his way round the field.
Following behind, Mr Eavis, dressed in a striped shirt and Chinos, said it was a typical Glastonbury welcome.
“They're a classless society,” he said. “The Prince seems to be |really enjoying his visit.” The Prince then stopped by the Queen's Head stage, where he met Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club, representatives from Wateraid and Blur bass-player Alex James.
James praised the Prince for his attitudes towards farming — which in recent years has become a passion of James's as well.
“He is a good guy,” James said.