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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 19:11 GMT 20:11 UK
Island turns out for Charles' visit
Prince Charles and pupils
Pupils from the Carn Gwaval school bow to the Prince
Crowds welcomed the Prince of Wales to the Isles of Scilly despite the lure of the World Cup.

Islanders and holidaymakers laughed as Prince Charles asked them: "Why aren't you all watching football?" when he arrived for a day-long visit on Friday.

The Royal visitor landed on St Mary's island - 28 miles west of Land's End - and chatted to the crowd minutes before the kick-off for the England v Argentina match.

The Prince's Duchy of Cornwall estate leases over 100 acres of unenclosed land on the islands of St Mary's, Bryher, St Agnes and St Martin's, for just one daffodil a year.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles visited the school's new garden
The estate includes more than 100 uninhabited islands, islets and rocks.

Part of the Royal tour included a visit to the Woolpack Battery centre, which provides accommodation for volunteers who work for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

The Prince, who is the Duke of Cornwall, is the patron of the Trust.

He also travelled to the Carn Gwaval primary school, part of the Five Islands School, which has five sites over the four Scilly islands.

Pupils 'privileged'

There he met staff from the Tresco Gardens, helping pupils build a new school garden.

Head teacher Paul Mulligan said the Prince was meeting children from every school on the islands.

"It is a privilege that he came here when we are starting a new project that has so much potential," he said.

The Prince's tour on Friday also included a visit to a postal flower business and the new emergency services centre.



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