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During his visit to a Norfolk agricultural show Harry received an impromptu woodwork lesson. He had a go on an eco-lathe and was shown how to make a tool for planting bulbs
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The Prince, whose reception on official engagements seemes to be getting increasingly enthusiastic, thrilled onlookers when he good-naturedly traded in his regimental Household Division tie for one featuring cartoon farm animals
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Fun on the farm for crowd-pleaser Prince Harry at Norfolk show

26 JUNE 2008
There was yet another pop star's welcome for Prince Harry when he dropped in on the Royal Norfolk Show this week. As he toured the agricultural showground and took part in activities such as learning to use a wooden lathe hoards of teenage girls, children and other admirers enthusiastically chanted his name.

"He's so nice with people and very well mannered - and thanks everybody," noted a delighted member of staff. "He's so much like his mother."

The 23-year-old royal paid a three-hour visit to the agricultural event on Wednesday, where he chatted to farmers and inspected prize-winning cattle.

And he seemed particularly taken by an impromptu lesson in woodwork. "He was really very good at it!" said Lois Beakhouse, who taught the Prince how to make a dibber for creating holes to plant bulbs. "He was obviously very keen to have a go, and it's the type of craft where people who are keen can learn quickly."

"I told him we sometimes get some of our wood from his dad's woodlands around the country," she added.

The third in line to the throne, who at one point swapped his regimental Household Division tie for a fun cartoon animal print version he was presented with, went on to lunch on Norfolk beef and a selection of local cheeses and wines.

"It's fantastic to have him here," said the show's president, General Richard Dannatt - who's also the British Army's Chief of Staff. "He's a very good soldier and a good chap."

The Prince's visit marked the centenary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, which organises the show.


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