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Charles meets Game Of Thrones star Mark Addy at play rehearsal during Hull visit

The Prince of Wales joked with one of the stars of the fictional epic of royal intrigue, Game Of Thrones, as he visited Hull with the Duchess of Cornwall to help celebrate the city's tenure as UK City of Culture.

Charles was introduced to Mark Addy, who played King Robert Baratheon in the worldwide-hit TV series, after watching the Full Monty star in rehearsal for a major new play in the city.

The Prince appeared to thoroughly enjoy watching rehearsals for The Hypocrite, despite its bawdy comedy content and English Civil War vintage digs at royalty.

Charles laughed throughout the 10-minute scene, which included gags like "Did you know he had a priest's hole? ... No, our only intimacy was a handshake", as well as sword-fighting.

Addy plays Sir John Hotham, who was the governor of Hull who refused to let Charles I and his forces into the city in 1642.

As the pair met afterwards, the actor said: "It's exhausting. I'm losing weight by the day.

" It's tough playing men who bar the King of England from the city. The dilemma that he's is in is a trauma."

The rehearsals for The Hypocrite - a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017 - are the first to take place at Holy Apostles Church, which has been bought as a community performance space for various projects throughout Hull's year as UK City of Culture.

It is sold out ahead of its opening in Hull in March and will later transfer to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

When Charles and Camilla arrived in Hull earlier, they embarked on an impromptu walkabout outside the newly refurbished Ferens art gallery.

Many people in the crowd said they had been waiting for three hours in the sleety rain for the royal couple to arrive.

Three-year-old Penelope Conlaund, from Hull, was helped over the barrier with her grandmother, Julie Lloyd, so she could "meet a princess".

And the toddler got her wish when Camilla stopped for a chat and to accept her bunch of flowers.

The Prince and Duchess were given a tour of the Ferens, starting with a rare 14th century panel painting by Pietro Lorenzetti, which is one of the highlights of the opening programmes of Hull 2017.

Charles and Camilla took different routes around the gallery, which reopened three weeks ago after a £5.2 million refurbishment.

At one point, in a collection of work by local artists, the Duchess asked if she could buy one of the pieces but was told it was not for sale.

While in the gallery, Charles and Camilla met some of the central figures behind Hull 2017, including chairwoman Rosie Millard and director Martin Green.

The royal couple joked with each other as they sat to sign the visitors' book, with the Prince having to ask the date, saying he could never remember it.

More than 50,000 people have visited the Ferens since it reopened on January 13 and the Turner Prize will be presented at the gallery at the end of the year.

Another highlight at the gallery will be the unveiling of Spencer Tunick's Sea Of Hull commission in April.

This is the photographs taken by the American artist when he posed more 3,000 naked people, all painted blue, at various locations in the city in July last year.

Charles left the gallery to continue his visit to Hull at Holy Trinity Church while Camilla moved on to Emmaus Hull and East Riding.

The Duchess finished her visit at The Deep tourist attraction where she celebrated the charity First Story's partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the launch of its writing residencies in five Hull secondary schools.


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