Still, ravers at Glastonbury, more used to seeing the likes of Kate Moss and Lily Allen in their midst, were surprised – and rather delighted - to see Prince Charles attending.
Mingling with the crowds, wearing a light summer suit, the heir to throne seemed to thoroughly enjoy the engagement to highlight the charities associated with the legendary festival.
As word spread of the visit, a crowd gathered, chanting "Charlie" and calling for him to "give us a wave" – and he happily obliged.
"I can't believe it," Ben Oakley, one of the onsite volunteers told The Guardian. "If we'd have known, we would have built him a mini Buckingham Palace."
Asked if he was enjoying his visit, Charles replied: "How could I not?"
Appearing in his capacity as president of Water Aid, the Prince took a tour of the site with organiser, Michael Eavis.
And later he had a go on the Water Aid's "welly shy", which involved throwing a tennis ball at a gumboot.
Zimbabwean dance and drum group Siyaya Arts also performed an exuberant show for him.
If Charles had stayed on longer he could have caught one of the acts – this year including rapper Snoop Dogg, Gorrillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder.