Hundreds flock to Honiton to greet Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 17:44 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 23 July 2018

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

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Honiton’s high street was awash with hundreds of people today (Wednesday) who turned out in force to observe the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the town.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and Camilla made the visit to Honiton on the same day the town held its popular Gate to Plate event, a day-long festival showcasing the wares of around 60 food, drink and craft artisans.

Delighted onlookers shook hands with the Royals, who split up to walk down each side of High Street to greet stallholders and members of the public before reuniting before the junction with Dowell Street.

Despite a heavy police presence and snipers strategically positioned on Honiton rooftops, the Royals’ visit was trouble-free, concluding with a closing cry by town crier Dave Retter, and a presentation of a cake adorned with an iced version of the couple.

Mr Retter said the occasion was the second-best day of his life after his wedding day.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

He added: “Just at the end, he [Prince Charles] spoke to me. He said ‘I’m glad you’re still here’ and he did a little bit of a wink which was brilliant.

“This has got to be good for Honiton with the turnout and the weather was fine!”

Councillor Henry Brown, mayor of Honiton, said: “It was a really great opportunity to put the town on the map and show the Royal couple, and especially people visiting the area, that we really do produce some fantastic crafts, food and drink.

“Today really demonstrated that the markets and that sort of vibe is very much alive, and it is just about introducing more of that and improving the tourism in the area and the town’s commerce as well.”

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Cllr Brown was on hand to greet Prince Charles and Camilla, and admitted he was nervous when they came face-to-face with him.

He added: “I have to say I was nervous, especially as they had a marksman in the area!

“Once I had met them, I was more relaxed after that.”

Hundreds of people are still at Honiton as the Gate to Plate event winds down to a close.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Cllr Phil Twiss, who represents Honiton at district and county level, said all of the East Devon District Council car parks in the town were full to capacity by 10.20am.

He added: “What a wonderful event for the town! This is the kind of thing that gets more people coming back.

“This is the catalyst, this is going to turn Honiton town around.”

Cllr Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, deputy mayor of Honiton, said: “It is a coup for Honiton to bring the Royals to a small town like ours.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

“The Gate to Plate event is fantastic - I have never in 38 years seen so many people in High Street.

“It has brought people, money and vibrancy to the town. Everyone is amazingly happy!”

The Royals’ visit to Honiton is part of their annual visit to the South West between July 16 and 18.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

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