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In Pictures: Styal and Congleton welcome royal visitors

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Cheshire earlier today (Wednesday 24th January).

The royal couple had a number of official engagements in the county including a visit to projects in Styal, near Wilmslow, and in Congleton.

The Prince of Wales, as president of the National Trust, visited Quarry Bank Mill in Styal as well as Styal Primary School and Norcliffe Unitarian Chapel.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who is patron of The National Literacy Trust, meanwhile visited The Clink restaurant at HMP Styal.

She met women who are receiving work-based training and education and learned about the work that The Literacy Trust carries out at HMP Styal.

The royals then headed to Congleton where they visited The Old Sawmill, a community hub run by a group of volunteers, where they spoke with local groups who use the facilities there.

The Prince of Wales made an impromptu stop-off at a pub of the same name, commenting that it was the most likely place for him to be welcomed with a  free drink!

The royal couple then stopped by the Treo Memorial Statue, dedicated to a local army dog who was awarded the Dickin medal (the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict).

They concluded their visit to the county by attending a reception for local charities and community representatives at Congleton Town Hall as part of a celebration marking 700 years of the mayoralty in Congleton.

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