Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Hull City of Culture

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image captionLarge crowds gathered to greet the royal couple

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited Hull as it marks its year as UK City of Culture.

The couple's itinerary included the recently refurbished Ferens Art Gallery as well as a number of community-based projects.

The prince and duchess also met a number of the staff who have worked on the gallery's £5.2m refurbishment.

Hundreds of people waited in the rain for a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at the gallery.

They met members of the City of Culture team including the chairwoman Rosie Millard and director Martin Green.

The Prince of Wales then moved on to Holy Trinity Church while the duchess met staff and volunteers at homeless charity, Emmaus Hull and East Riding.

image captionThe Prince of Wales signed the visitors book at the Ferens Art Gallery

The prince also visited the Royal Shakespeare Company's outreach programme, where he watched a short rehearsal of The Hypocrite, a co-production between the company, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017.

The comedy is set in Hull during the English Civil War and stars Mark Addy, who played King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones.

The Duchess of Cornwall went on to visit the literacy charity First Story at The Deep, where she presented prizes to five young winners of Hull's 100-word writing competition.

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image captionThe duchess and the prince toured the Ferens separately
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image captionThe duchess enjoyed at cup of tea at homeless charity Emmaus
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image captionPrince Charles met the community knitting group at Holy Trinity Church

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