Prince Charles inspires 6-year-old boy's love of suits

By Ainhoa Barcelona

While his daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a bona fide trendsetter, Prince Charles has never really been considered one of the royal family's primary style stars, until now. When the Prince of Wales was introduced to his number one fan during a visit to Yorkshire on Wednesday (Feb. 17), he came face-to-face with his fashion mini-me. Six-year-old Benjamin Cooper was thrilled to meet his idol and it was revealed that he has styled his wardrobe after the future king.

The youngster's parents Elaine and Ian explained that their son is a big fan of the royal family, after learning about them at school. Benjamin now wears a suit whenever he can, even at friends' parties, to emulate Charles' style.

"I like him because he was the smartest dressed when we studied them at school," said the young royalist, adding, "I like to dress smart so I can be like Charles."

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Benjamin said Prince Charles was "the smartest dressed" royal.
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His mom Elaine added: "The present he asked for was a smart suit so he could be like the Prince."

Benjamin, who first donned a suit around 18 months ago, certainly did his best to impress the Queen's son. The little boy wore a navy suit, pale blue shirt and crisp tie for his big meeting.

Prince Charles was visiting Yorkshire when he came face-to-face with his mini me. Photo: © PA

Charles, 67, was visiting Redcar town to hear about the closure of their local steel plant. Last year it was announced that the steelworks would close after no one had offered to buy them, resulting in a loss of 2,200 jobs.

Despite the wind and rain, Charles seemed in high spirits as he arrived at the historic plant. He was greeted by children playing drums and blowing whistles and spent a lengthy time talking to well-wishers.

During his visit to the ElringKlinger (GB) automotive parts factory, Charles met employees and apprentices and heard how the company is creating training and education opportunities. He also met a group of steelworkers who lost their jobs after the plant closed.

The Prince praised the locals' wonderful sense of humour. Photo: © PA

Amanda Skelton, chief executive of Redcar and Cleveland Council, thanked the Prince for making the trip up north. "For so many reasons, as you know, this community has been going through a really tough time so it's a great morale boost for everyone to see you here today," she said.

Charles, who unveiled a plaque at the Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, gave an impromptu speech, saying: "I wasn't really expecting to say anything, but for me it's the greatest possible pleasure to come back to this part of the world where I know you have been through so many difficult times.

"I remember coming here six years ago during another difficult time but, if I may say so, despite the horrors you have faced, somehow, in this remarkable part of the world, you have these extraordinary reserves of resilience and, above all, the most wonderful sense of humour."

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