GALLERY: Prince Charles and Camilla make private visit to Dartford's Lullingstone Castle

PUBLISHED: 13:06 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:06 31 July 2013

Prince Charles and Camilla with the World Garden team.

Prince Charles and Camilla with the World Garden team.


The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid a private visit to Lullingstone Castle yesterday.

Have a look at the multimedia gallery to the right hand side of this story to see how Prince Charles and Camilla were given a guided tour of the house by Guy Hart Dyke but spent most of their visit in the World Garden and meeting volunteers.

The new grandparents expressed a keen interest the nature of the castle, in Dartford, with questions topics ranging from soil types to bees and honey.

Curator of the World Garden, Tom Hart Dyke, said: “The entire team has never all been together at the same time and this was the occasion for it. The effect Prince Charles has had on us all has been amazing – they both asked so many questions. We all went out to the pub afterwards to celebrate.

“Prince Charles could not believe that the Garden was only in its ninth year and I was really chuffed when he said there wasn’t a weed to be seen.

“He took a particular interest in the rocks around the continents, about where they were from, and he asked me how I remember all the Latin names.”

Tom’s sister, Anya, revealed that the staff had some training in how to address Charles and Camilla from the wife of the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle of Penshurst Place.

She said: “[she] gave us some guidance on how to pronounce m’am - ‘it rhymes with jam’, she said, rather than farm. The trick of course was to not actually say jam.”

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