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The royal couple on St Michael's Mount
HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited St Michael's Mount in July 2010

A set of footprints created by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have finally been cast and set on St Michael's Mount.

The Royal couple follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria whose tiny shoe impression is still displayed in brass on the quayside.

That was taken in 1846, King Edward the seventh repeated the act in 1902.

It was during a visit to the mount in west Cornwall that the royal couple made imprints of their feet.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall

Mary St Aubyn from the Mount said: "We thought it would be a fantastic memento of the Prince of Wales' visit if he and the Duchess of Cornwall made their imprints."

The royal couple kept their shoes on but they had to put their feet into specially prepared clay.

"Everybody thought it was fun and an interesting thing to do, so yes they did put their feet in a clay substance."

The prints are in the pathway, as people come off the Causeway and head through the gates towards the Mount itself.

Garry Early is the Operations Manager on the Mount. He said: "Since the feet were inserted into the clay we took templates from that, then we took them to our mill and had them templated on to brass.

Many visitors have already placed their feet in the brass prints to compare the royal shoe sizes with their own.

Mary St Aubyn said: "We have contacted Clarence House to let them know that the template was now at the Mount. They were very interested and pleased to know that.

The royal couple on St Michael's Mount
The Royal couple made imprints of their feet back in the summer

"Prince Charles was wearing walking shoes because he walked up the Mount.

"The Duchess was driven up because at the time she had an injury to her ankle so presumably she was wearing more of an indoor shoe."

The St Aubyn family are delighted with the results.

Mary St Aubyn said: "I think it's wonderful. It's another link in the history of the Mount."

For the people living on the Mount, there's now a permanent reminder of the July day when the Royal couple visited a much loved part of Cornwall.

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