Prince Charles has received an honorary degree from the University of Chester in recognition of his work with his youth charity The Prince's Trust.
The royal couple experienced life in a WW I trench
While visiting the city, the prince and the Duchess of Cornwall also met a group of young offenders from HM YOI Thorn Cross.
The team had built an award-winning garden for the trust at the Tatton Royal Horticultural Society show.
The prince praised young people who had managed to "turn their lives around".
Accepting his degree, Charles said he was pleased so many people appeared to understand the aims of the Prince's Trust in helping young people help themselves.
"There was a survey done a while ago which discovered that a lot of people had heard of the Prince's Trust, but didn't know what it did apart from run some very good pop concerts," the prince said.
"I'd like to pay tribute to the bravery and determination of the young people themselves who have often had to overcome every possible obstacle and with a little bit of support have managed to turn their lives around."
The royal couple later visited the Cheshire Military Museum and experienced life in a trench which formed part of an exhibition about World War I.
The museum, which had a £500,000 refurbishment in 2001, has exhibits and educational information from four regiments originally raised in Cheshire.
Many of the pupils from Overleigh St Mary's Primary School, waited to greet the couple outside the museum.
Alice Johnson, aged 10, said: "I wished Camilla a happy birthday and then Charles asked me where I was going for my holidays. I said Cyprus and he said, 'Don't forget to put sun cream on your nose'."