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Charles jokes about scone faux pas during visit to Royal Cornwall Show

Charles is patron of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, while Camilla is its vice-president.

An eagle-eyed Prince of Wales spotted a culinary faux pas during a visit to a major Cornish country show – scones spread with jam and cream the wrong way round.

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Charles spots a young boy with some scones covered with cream and then jam (Tim Rooke/PA)

In Cornwall people practise the tradition of jam spread first on scones and then topped by cream, while in neighbouring Devon they swear by cream followed by jam.

But during a visit to the Royal Cornwall Show the heir to the throne – who is the Duke of Cornwall –noticed a young boy with some scones covered with cream and then jam and quipped: “Have you got that the right way round?”

The heir to the throne and the Duchess of Cornwall had just watched a parade of floats featuring 58 rural and agricultural organisations and charities associated with the prince.

The Prince’s Countryside Parade celebrated Charles forthcoming 70th birthday in November by creating a colourful reminder of his work supporting rural life and wildlife.

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Camilla meets a member of the Cornwall Air Ambulance (Tim Rooke/PA)

Charles is patron of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, while Camilla is its vice-president, but his most prominent rural body is the Prince’s Countryside Fund established in 2010 to enhance the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of country life.

During their visit to the show, which brings together the best in produce, animal livestock, crafts and food from Cornwall, the couple toured tents displaying everything from local cheeses and ciders to the Cornwall Air Ambulance which Camilla supports as patron.

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A parade of sheep during the Royal Cornwall Show (Tim Rooke/PA)

The couple could not resist trying some of the delicacies on offer with the duchess tasting the cheeses while the prince tried a number of ciders.

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