Prince Charles arrives in Cardiff on a steam train

All aboard! Prince of Wales stuns commuters by arriving at Cardiff station on the royal train pulled by a STEAM locomotive that dates back to 1948 – the year he was born

  • The Prince of Wales is carrying out a series of engagements on Cardiff today 
  • Charles began his day by arriving at Carrdiff Central Station on the royal train
  • He was pulled along by the Clan Line steam locomotive, which was built in 1948
  • Driver Vince Henderson, 58, chatted to the prince in the cab of the locomotive 

Commuters were left doing double takes today when the Prince of Wales arrived at Cardiff Central station in the royal train – pulled by a steam locomotive.

As locals hurried to work on Friday morning, Charles began his tour of the Welsh capital in style, before strolling down Platform 3 to meet the driver.

The heir to the throne climbed into the cab of Clan Line, which was built the same year he was born – 1948.

Driver Vince Henderson, 58, chatted to the prince and said afterwards: ‘He was asking odds and sods about the engine and about the coal, and he wished us all merry Christmas.

Travelling in style: The Prince of Wales arrived at Cardiff Central station on Friday morning in the royal train – pulled by a steam locomotive which was built in the year he was born

All aboard! The heir to the throne climbs into the cab of Clan Line, which was built the same year he was born – 1948. It was pulling along the royal train transporting the prince to Cardiff

The heir to the throne travelled in the royal train which was pulled along by the Clan Line locomotive (pictured) which was built the same year he was born – 1948

‘The train is 70 years old, it was made the same year he was born and he knew that, he said so.’

On the platform, Charles met a group of young people who have taken part in a Prince’s Trust Cymru programme to equip them with skills for the rail industry.


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Phil Jones, director of the Prince’s Trust Cymru, introduced Charles to the group who had completed the Get Into Rail project.

He said after the visit: ‘Employers can teach them the specific skills needed to do the job but Get Into Rail helps them develop what we call soft skills, motivation, self-confidence, teamwork.’

A right royal surprise! Commuters were left doing double takes today when the Prince of Wales arrived at Cardiff Central station in the royal train – pulled by a steam locomotive (pictured)

Meeting the locals: On the platform, Charles met a group of young people who have taken part in a Prince’s Trust Cymru programme to equip them with skills for the rail industry

The Prince of Wales arriving in Cardiff this morning. Charles will later attend a special celebration performance staged by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, which the prince supports as patron

Charles arrived in Carfiff in style before climbing into the locomotive cab (pictured). During his day in Cardiff, the prince will visit the City Hospice to meet patients and families as well as staff and volunteers

VIP visitor: Driver Vince Henderson, 58, chatted to the prince in the cab (pictured) and said afterwards: ‘He was asking odds and sods about the engine and about the coal, and he wished us all merry Christmas’

Charles is greeted by young people from The Prince’s Trust at Cardiff Central Rail Station this morning. The Prince is set for a busy few weeks before heading to Sandringham for a traditional Christmas with the Queen later this month

During his day in Cardiff, the prince visited the City Hospice to meet patients and families as well as staff and volunteers.

Located in Whitchurch Hospital Grounds, City Hospice is a registered charity, providing specialist medical, nursing and end of life care to patients in their own homes. 

Formerly George Thomas Hospice Care, the charity offers counselling (to adults and children), welfare benefits advice and day centres offering a range of activities. 

City Hospice is the only at-home palliative care provider for the city of Cardiff and needs to raise more than £1million every year to keep providing these specialist services.

Charles arrives for an official visit to City Hospice Cardiff on Friday. The Prince of Wales opened the new hospice in 2005 and has been the patron since 1998

Charles was in high spirits as he arrived at City Hospice this morning. Formerly George Thomas Hospice Care, the charity offers counselling (to adults and children), welfare benefits advice and day centres offering a range of activities

The Prince of Wales has been Patron of City Hospice since 1998 and during his visit today he met with volunteers including gardeners, the counselling team and those who provide complementary therapies such as reflexology. 

The Prince also met Luan and her children Lara and Connor. Luan lost her husband to cancer earlier this year and the counselling and bereavement team has supported the family ever since.

Charles will later attend a special celebration performance staged by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, which the prince supports as patron. 

The college is hosting a special show to celebrate Charles’ 70th birthday.; Charles has been patron since 1999, prior to the granting of their Royal status in 2002.

Charles speaks to gardener Jim Goodwin during an official visit to City Hospice Cardiff on Friday, after arriving in the Welsh capital on the royal train pulled by a steam locomotive

Charles watches a reflexology treatment given by Susan Davies to Ceris Cooper during an official visit to City Hospice Cardiff on Friday 7 December

The prince chats to a reflexology patient at City Hospice, a registered charity, providing specialist medical, nursing and end of life care to patients in their own homes

Charles at City Hospice Cardiff this morning. The Prince of Wales has been Patron of City Hospice since 1998 and during his visit today he met with volunteers including gardeners, the counselling team and those who provide complementary therapies such as reflexology

The Prince of Wales at City Hospice today. Charles will later attend a special celebration performance staged by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, which the prince supports as patron

Time for tea: The Prince of Wales stops for a cuppa during his visit to City Hospice Cardiff today. He looked to be in high spirits as he chatted to staff including nurses

A gift fit fir a prince! Charles receives a painting from painter Jayne Blenkin during an official visit to City Hospice Cardiff on Friday

The performance will see students and graduates of the college performing a selection of music and drama pieces. 

Emmy-award winner Matthew Rhys, International Chair of Drama at the College, will be introducing the event.

The prince will also meet harpist Catrin Finch, as the World Harp Congress will take place in Cardiff in July 2020. This will be in front of 13 harps, and current Royal Harpist Anne Denholm.

Guests at the performance and reception will include actors Owen Teale and Hugo Blick.

The Prince of Wales talks with patients and their Occupational Therapist Rachel Roberts (left) during his visit to the City Hospice, located in Whitchurch Hospital Grounds

Charles, in his role as Patron, presents a certificate to Occupational Therapist Rachel Roberts during his visit to the City Hospice on Thursday, the first pit stop of his Cardiff visit today

The Prince of Wales chats with families who have been helped by staff during his visit to the City Hospice, located in Whitchurch Hospital Grounds on Friday 7 December

Charles personally recreated the tradition of harpists being appointed to the Royal Court, and in 2000 appointed Catrin Finch as the Official Harpist to The Prince of Wales. 

The appointment of Catrin, a Welsh-born student at the Royal Academy of Music, recognised the importance of the harp to the culture and music of Wales, and of supporting young Welsh talent. The fifth and current holder of the role is Anne Denholm.

The Prince is set for a busy few weeks before heading to Sandringham for a traditional Christmas with the Queen later this month.

With three grandchildren, and a fourth on the way, Charles is expected to stay just a stone’s throw from his two sons, and their respective families, who are expected to stay at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

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