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Prince Edward watches Commonwealth Games medals being minted

Fun Fry-day! Prince Edward tries his hand at archery and polishes medals for the Commonwealth Games on visit to Birmingham

  • Royal, 58, wore smart grey jacket and striped blue shirt with red tie for event
  • Toured Toye, Kenning and Spencer, where medals are being minted 
  • Tried his hand at polishing a medal and also took part in archery at Gen 22 

Prince Edward was all smiles today as he made a visit to Birmingham ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The royal, 58, who is married to Sophie Wessex, 57, wore a smart grey jacket with a striped light blue shirt and patterned red tie for the event. 

The father-of-two toured Toye, Kenning and Spencer, a British jewellery and clothing manufacturer, where medals for the Commonwealth Games are being minted.

He also tried his hand at polishing a medal for the games, wearing blue overalls and white gloves and bursting into laughter as he chatted to staff.

The royal, 58, who is married to Sophie Wessex, 57, wore a smart grey jacket with a striped light blue shirt and patterned red tie for the events in Birmingham and tried his hand at archery

The father-of-two toured Toye, Kenning and Spencer, a British jewellery and clothing manufacturer, where medals for the Commonwealth Games are being minted

The father-of-two toured Toye, Kenning and Spencer, a British jewellery and clothing manufacturer, where medals for the Commonwealth Games are being minted

He also tried his hand at polishing a medal for the games, wearing blue overalls and white gloves

He also tried his hand at polishing a medal for the games, wearing blue overalls and white gloves 

The 58-year-old was also photographed listening intently as he was told about the medals in more detail.

Later, he also paid a visit to the City Academy school in Birmingham to meet young people participating in Gen22, a legacy programme. 

During the event, he took part in archery, concentrating hard as he did the sport and young people watched on.

Gen22 is a programme that allows people aged 16-24 from the West Midlands to gain employability boosting opportunities through the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 

During the tour of Toye, Kenning and Spencer he burst into laughter, and clearly found something the staff said funny

During the tour of Toye, Kenning and Spencer he burst into laughter, and clearly found something the staff said funny 

The 58-year-old was also photographed listening intently as he was told about the medals in more detail

The 58-year-old was also photographed listening intently as he was told about the medals in more detail

Young people involved in the programme are working with Birmingham 2022’s authorised organisations to undertake a 30-hour volunteering assignment.  

It is connected to the genres of: physical activity and wellbeing, creative and digital.

The Commonwealth Games are due to be held in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August.

Preparations are well underway for the event, from the medals being minted to a theme song being released in April.

Later, he also paid a visit to the City Academy school in Birmingham to meet young people participating in Gen22, a legacy programme and did some archery

Later, he also paid a visit to the City Academy school in Birmingham to meet young people participating in Gen22, a legacy programme and did some archery

The motto of the event is ‘Games for Everyone’, with the organisers hoping to bring people together, improve health and wellbeing and help Birmingham to grow and succeed among other goals. 

Prince Edward’s appearance comes after he joined his wife for a tour of Gibraltar earlier this month. 

Edward and Sophie were visiting Gibraltar to see the Royal Gibraltar Regiment display its new colours during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, which were approved by Her Majesty.

Prince Edward had presented the colours at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in March.

Young people involved in the programme are working with Birmingham 2022's authorised organisations to undertake a 30-hour volunteering assignment which can include physical activity such as archery

Young people involved in the programme are working with Birmingham 2022’s authorised organisations to undertake a 30-hour volunteering assignment which can include physical activity such as archery

It has been 25 years since the regiment had new colours. The regiment’s flag now bears the Royal prefix, which it gained in 2009.

The visit was part of the Royal Family’s ongoing tour of the Commonwealth.

Following their arrival, the Royal Couple crossed the runway to RAF Gibraltar where they were greeted by gun salute from Devil’s Tower Camp.

The Earl of Wessex then took the Royal Salute and reviewed the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s soldiers.

The Commander British Forces Steve Dainton & the Regiment’s Commanding Officer Lt Col Simon Dyson were present. 

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