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Camilla and Prince Charles visit BBC Wales’ £120m headquarters

The Duchess of Cornwall cut a stylish figure as she joined Prince Charles during the first day of their three-day trip to Wales.

Camilla, 74, looked the epitome of chic in a blue patterned dress when visiting BBC Wales’ £120m headquarters in Cardiff, alongside the Prince of Wales, 73.

Heir to the throne Charles, meanwhile, appeared dashing in a grey pinstriped suit with a striped tie and simple pink shirt.

The royal couple were greeted with a performance by the choir of Mount Stuart Primary School during their engagement.

The Duchess of Cornwall cut a stylish figure as she joined Prince Charles (pictured) during the first day of their three-day trip to Wales

Camilla, 74, looked the epitome of chic in a blue patterned dress when visiting BBC Wales' £120m headquarters in Cardiff, alongside the Prince of Wales, 73

Camilla, 74, looked the epitome of chic in a blue patterned dress when visiting BBC Wales’ £120m headquarters in Cardiff, alongside the Prince of Wales, 73

They toured the new facilities and spoke to Chief Executive Officer of BBC Worldwide, Tim Davie 

BBC bosses previously insisted the move into the heart of Cardiff would save money in the long-term. The new HQ is thought to have cost £120million, according to WalesOnline.

Its former site in Llandaff, which was home to BBC Wales for 50 years, is expected to be knocked down and sold for housing. Work on the 155,582 sq ft building, designed by Foster + Partners, started in 2015.

As well as being the BBC’s most open and accessible building, it is its first UK centre to use cutting edge Internet Protocol technology for controlling cameras, TV editing and output. 

Heir to the throne Charles, meanwhile, appeared dashing in a grey pinstriped suit with a striped tie and simple pink shirt

Charles and Camilla pictured chatting with one another during their outing today

Heir to the throne Charles, meanwhile, appeared dashing in a grey pinstriped suit with a striped tie and simple pink shirt

The royal couple toured the new facilities and spoke to Chief Executive Officer of BBC Worldwide, Tim Davie

The royal couple toured the new facilities and spoke to Chief Executive Officer of BBC Worldwide, Tim Davie

The royal couple were greeted with a performance by the choir of Mount Stuart Primary School during their engagement

The royal couple were greeted with a performance by the choir of Mount Stuart Primary School during their engagement

Elsewhere, the Duchess of Cornwall is the cover star of Country Life magazine after asking a photographer she knows well to take the image – the Duchess of Cambridge.

Camilla commissioned Kate after she was asked to guest edit the latest edition of the publication to mark her 75th birthday later this month as well as the magazine’s 125th anniversary.

Kate is a keen amateur photographer, regularly releases pictures she has taken of her children to mark their birthdays and is patron of the Royal Photographic Society.

The cover image shows a relaxed and smiling duchess wearing a blue and white floral dress and cardigan, sitting on a bench with a trug filled with pelargoniums, ready to be planted.

Another picture by Kate appears on the leader page and is an informal shot of Camilla walking through forget-me-nots at her country home.

BBC bosses previously insisted the move into the heart of Cardiff would save money in the long-term. Pictured right, Prince Charles

BBC bosses previously insisted the move into the heart of Cardiff would save money in the long-term. Pictured right, Prince Charles

As well as being the BBC¿s most open and accessible building, it is its first UK centre to use cutting edge Internet Protocol technology for controlling cameras, TV editing and output. Pictured right, Prince Charles

As well as being the BBC’s most open and accessible building, it is its first UK centre to use cutting edge Internet Protocol technology for controlling cameras, TV editing and output. Pictured right, Prince Charles

Mark Hedges, editor-in-chief of Country Life magazine, said: ‘We are thrilled to have our guest editor captured so magnificently by royal photographer the Duchess of Cambridge.

‘We understand this is the first time a formal portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been taken by the Duchess of Cambridge for a magazine and we are honoured to have been chosen to be the first to publish this beautiful photograph.

‘The photographs are superb and we would be delighted to offer the Duchess of Cambridge another commission!’

The duchess invited Kate to take a series of portraits in the gardens of Ray Mill House, Camilla’s retreat in Lacock in Wiltshire.

The beaming Prince of Wales meets members of the Wales Today team during his visit today

The beaming Prince of Wales meets members of the Wales Today team during his visit today

Meteorologist, Derek Brockway (C), Prince Charles and members of the Wales Today team laugh during a visit

Meteorologist, Derek Brockway (C), Prince Charles and members of the Wales Today team laugh during a visit

The Prince of Wales meets with members of BBC Wales Sport at BBC Wales' new HQ

The Prince of Wales meets with members of BBC Wales Sport at BBC Wales’ new HQ

She bought the six-bedroom property, 17 miles from the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove, after her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles in the mid 1990s.

The duchess is the fourth royal guest editor, following Charles, who has twice led the magazine – to mark his 65th birthday in November 2013 and his 70th in 2018, the biggest selling issue of all time.

In 2020, the Princess Royal masterminded the July 29 issue – another bestseller – to commemorate her 70th birthday. The edition of Country Life edited by Camilla will be published on July 13.

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