Kent

Prince Charles Whitstable visit: T-shirt gift for grandson

  • 29 July 2013
  • From the section Kent
Prince Charles is given a present for his grandson Prince George of Cambridge at the Whitstable Oyster Festival
Image caption Prince Charles said he was sure his grandson would like to wear the T-shirt

The Prince of Wales has been given a Whitstable Oyster Festival T-shirt for his new grandson Prince George during a visit to Kent.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by crowds of well-wishers in the seaside town.

They were showered with gifts for Prince George, who was born last week and is third in line to the throne.

Later, the royal couple visited the Historic Dockyard Chatham, where Prince Charles has become patron.

Shona Corcoran, 38, of Whitstable, who gave the T-shirt to Prince Charles, said she and her three-year-old daughter Hannah came up with the idea.

'Acquired taste'

"We just wanted to give something to George," she said.

She said the prince told her the present was "fantastic" and he was sure his grandson would like to wear it.

Prince Charles also told Margaret Quinney, 67, that George was "a very good name" for the new arrival.

Image caption The prince tried two oysters but his wife declined

Mrs Quinney, who has a six-month-old grandson, also called George, said: "He was talking about the grandchildren. He said there are lots of grandparents around."

The royal couple also met some fishermen during their visit to Whitstable, where the prince tried two oysters - although his wife declined.

Later, the prince joked with Natalie Adams, 38, about having tried the delicacy.

"He said 'what I do for Whitstable - they are an acquired taste'," she said.

The east Kent town is famous for its oysters, which are farmed seasonally and are available between May and August.

At the Historic Dockyard Chatham, the couple were given a garden swing for Prince George made with timber salvaged from HMS Gannet.

Admiral Sir Ian Garnett said: "We were really pleased and terribly proud that after what must have been a terribly busy and hot summer season that he came down to see us."

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