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Prince Charles' surprise Bankside visit

The Prince of Wales paid a lunchtime visit to Bankside on Wednesday.

Prince Charles was visiting Hopton's Almshouses in Hopton Street behind Tate Modern. This year residents have been celebrating the 250th anniversary of its foundation. His Royal Highness spent over an hour at Hopton's and those who live in the cottages presented him with a birthday card marking his birthday on 14 November.

The visit was only recently arranged. The Prince came directly from the City where he had been attending the re-opening of St Ethelburga's Church which was partly destroyed by an IRA bomb.

Since the Prince of Wales has now ceased to be a member of the House of Lords he was not required to be present at the State Opening of Parliament which took place at the same time.

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