Prince Charles and his wife Camilla couldn’t contain their giggles when they came face-to-face with papier-mâché models of themselves. The couple were visiting the Sandringham Flower Show in Norfolk when they noticed the paper models, which were made by pupils at a local primary school. The Duchess of Cornwall, 69, looked highly amused as she went over to the school's stand and pointed out the artwork to her husband.
The pair shared a laugh as they inspected the papier-mâché creations, and also saw models of the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and Prince Harry.
During the visit Camilla and Charles, 67, picked up a few souvenirs from the stands. The Duchess went home with a hamper of jam, some strawberries, and a knitted toy elephant, which cost $17 and may well have been a gift for the youngest member of the family, Princess Charlotte.
Camilla purchased the toy from the Sandringham WI stand, of which the Queen is a member. WI member Ann Whiting said: "The baby elephant took a couple of months to make. It's amazing she bought it; I'm quite flattered."
The royals also viewed a special garden display that was inspired by the Queen's 90th birthday and which will have interested her son Charles, an environmentalist, in particular.
Nicky Dulieu, chairman of Nottcutts and a board director of Adnams, said: "He also admired the moss and a chrysanthemum we had named Charlotte, after his granddaughter."
The couple spent about two hours touring the different displays and toasted their visit with a pint of pale ale before leaving.
Asking onlookers whether it was acceptable to be drinking before noon, Charles joked: "This is not a hardship. Does everyone get a drink here?"
Around 200,000 people flocked to the annual flower show held on the Queen's Sandringham Estate on Wednesday. The event was celebrating its 135th year.