JUST five days after the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the bunting was rolled out again in Sheffield - this time to welcome Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess spent time at four locations across the city, including Emmaus Catholic and Church of England Primary School in Wybourn.
Nursery pupils waved Union Jacks from their garden to welcome the Royal visitor, who arrived in a smart black Audi car and who was dressed in a cream suit with pearls.
She met Year 6 students who had won a Yorkshire-wide competition to design regional versions of London 2012 Olympics mascots Wenlock and Mandeville. O
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Elle Shaw and Ellie Allen, both 11, and Brayden Thomas and Beth Johnson, 10, gave a presentation about the ideas behind the winning designs - taking to a ‘soap box’ to talk to the class in an exercise also designed to show off their public speaking skills.
Afterwards the Duchess chatted to them about the competition - and the Royal Wedding.
Elle, from Wybourn, said: “She asked us if we had watched the wedding. We said yes - and she said she thought it was fantastic!”
The nuptials were a frequent topic of conversation, including at the Northern General Hospital’s Biomedical Research Centre.
Whilst chatting to heart research volunteer Margaret Brooks, who became involved because her husband Gerald lives with a cardiac condition, the Duchess confessed: “I had to watch it back on the television afterwards to see what I had missed!
“I had my little granddaughter involved and it was a bit of a worry whether she would make it up the aisle, but thank goodness she did.”
At the Fox Hill and Parson Cross Advice Service the Duchess declared the whole occasion “a perfect fairytale” adding Kate had looked “absolutely wonderful” in her gown, and the couple were both “calm and happy” on the day.
She said: “It was a wonderful British occasion - everybody was united for a day.”
She even confided in Emmaus Community project worker Richard Machin what she had bought the couple for a wedding gift. “She said she’d got them a bit of wildlife,” Richard said. “She didn’t specify what kind, but said it was a lovely present.”
During the visit to the primary school the Duchess was treated to a word-perfect reading by reception pupils of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, and a session of Word Club - set up and organised by students from the Linguistics Society at The University of Sheffield.
There was also a performance from the university’s Hip Hop Society - who she said she hoped “to see on Britain’s Got Talent soon” - as well as a school choir rendition of Miley Cyrus’ The Climb.