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Prince William rocks his sunglasses as he visits a surfing beach in Cornwall

By Eleanor Dye

4:56 PM May 9, 2024, updated 5:08 PM May 9, 2024

Prince William wore sunglasses today as he visited a surfing beach in Cornwall, where he took part in an impromptu game of volleyball.

The Prince of Wales, 41, took part in a game with teenagers from a local lifesaving club at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

The warm spring weather, with temperatures around 16 degrees Celsius and a gentle breeze, had attracted large numbers of crowds to the beach to enjoy the sand and waves – and to catch a glimpse of the prince.

William showed off his volleyball skills when his serve proved too much as the opponent repeatedly hit the ball into the net as he tried to return.

Meanwhile, King Charles met military personnel and their families at a training base for the Army’s Royal Engineers in Surrey on Thursday.

Prince William rocked a pair of sunglasses today as he visited Fistral Beach in Cornwall
The Prince of Wales showed off his skills during an impromptu game of volleyball as the crowd gathered to watch

And William’s trip to Cornwall was without his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, who is taking time away from public duties amid her cancer diagnosis.

The beach is popular with surfers and regularly hosts international competitions, as well as the Boardmasters Festival.

William, who is also the Duke of Cornwall, a title he inherited from his father after the death of the Queen, controls the Duchy of Cornwall, a portfolio of land, property and investments worth more than £1 billion, which provide an income for the heir. to the throne.

Despite the warm weather – one of the hottest days so far this year – William appeared cool, calm and collected in a light blue shirt and navy chinos.

He added a pair of snazzy sunglasses for the relaxing outing and put on a face of pure concentration as he served the ball into play.

During the visit, the prince met members of lifesaving clubs Holywell Bay and Newquay Surf and watched demonstrations of training exercises including surfboard skills and CPR.

He asked a group of teenagers: ‘What is it like out there? Looks good for a few waves.”

‘Can I give Willem a kiss!’ an adoring fan was heard asking as the crowd gathered with ice creams in hand and sun hats at the ready.

William had clearly done it all before as he served the ball, which the opposition struggled to recover
The Prince of Wales plays volleyball this afternoon during a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay

Prince William wears sunglasses today while visiting Fistrall Beach in Newquay, Cornwall

The prince also met members of the RNLI patrolling the beach and spoke to lifeguards on duty at the lifeboat station.

This year the RNLI celebrates its 200th anniversary, having been founded in 1824.

Before leaving, William met the crowd and posed for selfies.

He had previously visited a housing project in the Duchy of Cornwall at Nansledan in Newquay, designed to give homeless people a home.

The scheme – in partnership with Cornish charity St Petrocs – will see 24 houses built on Duchy land for people experiencing homelessness.

As well as providing a place to live, the project also provides comprehensive support and is inspired by Homewards – a five-year program led by the Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales to show that it is possible to end homelessness .

Construction will start in September and the first homes should be delivered in the autumn of next year.

During the visit, William met Max Hedges, 26, from Camborne, who was helped by St Petrocs after becoming homeless and is now joining the Royal Navy.

The Prince heard from local organizations that are committed to keeping the beach safe
William speaks to members of the Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club at Fistral Beach today
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Cornwall when in Cornwall, speaks to members of the Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club this afternoon during a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay
The Prince of Wales plays volleyball this afternoon during a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay
Prince William wears sunglasses today while visiting Fistrall Beach in Newquay, Cornwall
William watches members of the Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during a visit to Fistrall Beach in Newquay this afternoon

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Cornwall when in Cornwall, speaks to members of the Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club this afternoon during a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay

“It was brilliant (the prince was in) a good mood,” he said afterwards.

“I told him a little bit about me and why I’m involved with St Petrocs, where I’ve been and what I’m doing now and the progress of St Petrocs.

‘They helped me a lot: I needed a safe place to live and I needed a base camp to rebuild my life.

‘I’ve just had so much support from the staff and we’ve become friends now.’

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: ‘Today marks the first time the Prince will see the location of the new homes.

“He looks forward to hearing from the Duchy team on how the work is progressing and from St. Petrocs on the impact the project will have on people experiencing homelessness locally.

“Both His Royal Highness and the Duchy hope that this project will serve as an inspiration to others.”

Prince William poses for a selfie with a well-wisher at Fistral Beach in Newquay today
The Prince of Wales during a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, this afternoon
A nine-year-old boy named Phoenix Kanes asked William to sign the plaster cast on his arm in Newquay today – and the prince did so
Prince William walks with Alastair Martin, Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall, during a visit to Nansledan in Newquay to view the site of the Duchy of Cornwall’s housing development today
The Prince of Wales will be shown plans this afternoon during a visit to Nansledan in Newquay
The Prince of Wales, known today as the Duke of Cornwall when he was in Cornwall, at Nansledan
King Charles III during a visit to Gibraltar Barracks in Minley, Hampshire, this afternoon
King Charles III is shown a drawing of himself by Louie Bacon, six, during a visit to Gibraltar Barracks in Minley, Hampshire, this afternoon
King Charles III during a visit to Gibraltar Barracks in Minley, Hampshire, this afternoon

Elsewhere on Thursday, Charles met military personnel and their families at a training base for the Army’s Royal Engineers in Surrey, while his wife, Queen Camilla, hosted a reception for an animal charity in London.

The king joked that he was happy to be “out of my cage” as he embarked on his first military engagement since announcing a return to public duties.

It comes as Prince Harry prepares to fly to Nigeria after failing to see either during his quick visit to London where he attended a series of Invictus Games events.

Yesterday, King Charles and other leading British royals, including Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, just two miles away, a lonely Prince Harry attended a thanksgiving service for Invictus at St Paul’s Cathedral, and was joined by members of the Spencer family.