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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 January, 2004, 14:11 GMT
Well-wishers turn out for Charles
The Prince of Wales arriving at the Hereford Haven
Prince Charles was welcomed by a crowd of about 100 people
The Prince of Wales received support from well-wishers as he carried out his first public engagement since the inquest into Princess Diana's death was formally opened.

One man shouted: "Well done Charles; the country is behind you," as the prince arrived on Wednesday morning to open a breast cancer support centre in Hereford.

A woman said: "Keep your chin up, Charles."

A crowd of about 100 cheered as the prince emerged from a black Vauxhall at the Hereford Haven at about 1100 GMT on Wednesday.

The Royal Coroner, Michael Burgess, said on Tuesday that Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, would look at rumours surrounding the death of Diana in a car crash in 1997 in Paris.

A separate inquest will also be held into the death of Dodi Fayed, who died in the same crash.

Claims 'preposterous'

It emerged on Tuesday that Paul Burrell, Diana's ex-butler, is to hand the inquest a letter in which she apparently claimed there was a plot to kill her in a crash.

The Daily Mirror claimed the letter appeared to show that Diana believed Prince Charles was behind the plans, although it pointed out the claims were "preposterous".

The Prince of Wales is the Haven Trust's patron and opened its first site in Fulham, west London, in 2000.

The complex in Hereford is the charity's first regional centre outside London and provides a range of complementary therapies for women with breast cancer.

The trust was set up five years ago by Sara Davenport, who acted after her children's nanny was diagnosed with breast cancer, but received little advice or counselling.

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