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Prince Charles arrives in Newcastle to meet LNER rail bosses and visit the Changing Lives charity HQ

The Prince of Wales joined a host of commuters this morning as he arrived at Newcastle Station ahead of a busy day in the North East – with a charity meet with Girls Aloud star Cheryl pencilled in.  

Charles, 72, is visiting the city to meet representatives from London North Eastern Railway (LNER) before heading to the headquarters of the Changing Lives charity. 

Later, he’ll visit Cheryl’s Trust Centre, part of The Prince’s Trust charity, to meet with pop star Cheryl. 

The singer, 38, was spotted arriving at the centre this morning ahead of her meeting with the heir-to-the-throne.

Wearing an oversized burgandy and light pink checked jacket with co-ordinated dress and knee-high boots, the singer smiled at photographers as she arrived at the charity’s offices. 

 

Mind one’s step! The Prince of Wales joined a host of commuters this morning as he arrived at Newcastle Station ahead of a day in the North East

Charles, 72, looked on jolly form as he strode alongside Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield (pictured left)

Charles, 72, looked on jolly form as he strode alongside Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield (pictured left)

On time! Prince Charles donned a pale grey suit with light blue shirt and a patterned tie - alongside a poppy on his lapel, as he arrived in the North East city

On time! Prince Charles donned a pale grey suit with light blue shirt and a patterned tie – alongside a poppy on his lapel, as he arrived in the North East city

Pop star Cheryl arrives at The Prince's Trust Cheryl's Trust Centre in Newcastle this morning - she will meet Prince Charles at the charity today

Pop star Cheryl arrives at The Prince’s Trust Cheryl’s Trust Centre in Newcastle this morning – she will meet Prince Charles at the charity today

The celebrity looked glamorous but casual in an oversized burgandy and light pink checked jacket with co-ordinated dress and knee-high boots

The celebrity looked glamorous but casual in an oversized burgandy and light pink checked jacket with co-ordinated dress and knee-high boots

The Prince then boarded another train - this time the Metro, as he helped the Newcastle city service celebrate 40 years of Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro

The Prince then boarded another train – this time the Metro, as he helped the Newcastle city service celebrate 40 years of Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro

The Prince pictured en route to his first engagement, unveiling a plaque at Haymarket to mark the Metro's 40th anniversary

The Prince pictured en route to his first engagement, unveiling a plaque at Haymarket to mark the Metro’s 40th anniversary

Stepping off at Haymarket Station after a short ride from Newcastle Central Station

Stepping off at Haymarket Station after a short ride from Newcastle Central Station

Meanwhile, Prince Charles looked suitably dapper, wearing a pale grey suit with light blue shirt and a patterned tie – alongside a poppy on his lapel. 

The heir-to-the-throne looked on jolly form as he strode down the platform, where he was greeted by Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield, before he stopped briefly to chat with well-wishers.

It was straight on to another type of train, as the royal hopped on the Metro to travel from Newcastle Central Station to Haymarket Station. 

Wearing a facemask, Charles arrived to the sound of a fellow passenger shouting ‘Good morning Prince Charles! Welcome to Newcastle.’ 

There, Charles unveiled a plaque at Haymarket to mark the 40th anniversary of the  Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro.

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield bids hello to Charles as he disembarked

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield bids hello to Charles as he disembarked 

As rail workers looked on, a beaming Prince Charles strolled down the platform

As rail workers looked on, a beaming Prince Charles strolled down the platform

The heir has a busy day ahead in Newcastle with two engagements on his schedule

The heir has a busy day ahead in Newcastle with two engagements on his schedule

Taking a pew on the Metro, the Prince chatted to a representative from the Nexus Tyne and Wear Metro

Taking a pew on the Metro, the Prince chatted to a representative from the Nexus Tyne and Wear Metro

An animated Charles chatted throughout the short journey to the Haymarket Station

An animated Charles chatted throughout the short journey to the Haymarket Station 

Not your average commuter! The Prince takes the stairs down after arriving at the station

Not your average commuter! The Prince takes the stairs down after arriving at the station

The royal chatted with well-wishers at Newcastle Central Station. He arrived to the sound of a fellow passenger shouting 'Good morning Prince Charles! Welcome to Newcastle.'

The royal chatted with well-wishers at Newcastle Central Station. He arrived to the sound of a fellow passenger shouting ‘Good morning Prince Charles! Welcome to Newcastle.’

The royal also visited the Changing Lives charity, which helps people experiencing homelessness through hostels and day centres.

The charity marked its 50th anniversary in 2020 after it was founded in 1970.

It’s been a week of catching up with celebrities for the royal. Last week, the Prince met with Leonardo DiCaprio and Stella McCartney at COP26 in Glasgow. 

The heir-to-the-throne met with Hollywood and fashion royalty at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, chatting to Leonardo, 46, as the pair were joined by Sir Paul McCartney’s daughter, 50, to look on at a fashion installation created by the designer.

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