Duchess of Cornwall gives flowers back to tearful toddler who had a change of heart after presenting bouquet
17:51 GMT, 11 July 2012
The Duchess of Cornwall calmly averted a toddler tantrum today when a little girl burst into tears after the Royal took away flowers she had presented to her.
Little Ffion Keany was proudly introduced to the Duchess by her mother Lois Walters, 29, as Camilla and the Prince of Wales continued their summer tour of Wales.
Ffion revealed a bouquet of colourful sweet peas destined for the royal visitor but suddenly had a change of heart about giving the flowers away.
They're mine! Ffion Kearney changes her mind about giving away her bouquet as the Duchess of Cornwall reaches for the flowers during a visit to Aberaeron
You can have them: The 22-month-old's mother Lois intervenes to give the flowers to their intended recipient…
… but this clearly upsets the tot who bursts into tears at the flowers being taken away
Compromise: The Duchess kindly calmed the situation by giving one of the flowers back to the little girl
The 22-month-old abruptly pulled the flowers back as the Duchess out-stretched her hand and hung on desperately to the gift.
She then began to cry when her mother intervened and took the bouquet away to give it to Camilla herself.
Camilla then moved quickly to calm the situation by plucking a single stem from the bunch and presenting it with a smile to Ffion, saying: 'This is for you.'
Her mother hugged a smiling Ffion afterwards and said her daughter had been holding the flowers for some time after buying them at an organic vegetable stall in the market.
'I think that we will keep the flower and press it in a book,' she said.
Time for lunch: Camilla joined Prince Charles at a delicatessen in the seaside resort to sample some local produce
The flower struggle took place came as the Royal couple visited the seaside resort of Aberaeron on the third day of their trip.
During their visit, they sampled a number of locally produced foods including fish and chips and ice cream. One of the stops on their culinary tour was the New Celtic chippie where the Prince of Wales was offered a small tray of chips cooked from a fresh pack of potatoes.
But the Prince almost burnt his lip on the freshly cooked chips exclaiming 'Aah' as the piping hot chip touched his mouth.
Tuck in: The tour included a visit to a chip shop where the Royal couple were offered a portion of chips
Careful they're hot! The chips were freshly cooked from locally grown potatoes
'They are a bit hot. But they are made from Pembrokeshire potatoes so they are about as local as you can get,' said Paul Davies, who served up the dish.
Regulars at the chippie were delighted to have the chance to meet the Royal couple as they tucked into their lunches.
Pensioner Sheila Barrows said: 'I'm a big royalist, always have been. I was amazed at seeing Camilla. She is much prettier in person than she appears on TV.'
The couple then visited Naturally Scrumptious, a town centre delicatessen where Prince Charles homed in on a delicious looking elderflower drizzle cake, 2 a slice to take away.
He had nothing but praise for the Bakewell tarts which, he was assured, are a sought after delicacy that some customers travel up to 200 miles to experience.
Cheers: The pair then moved on to walk around a farmers' market where the Prince sipped a cider
The Caerphilly cheese and leek pies also attracted high praise and the array of local cheeses instantly drew his attention.
Passing into the outlet's coffee shop he stunned local man Ken Filkins as he downed a hot speciality coffee.
'I knew they were here today but I didn't think they would show up here as I ate a panini,' said Mr Filkins, 64.
Cool treat: They then enjoyed an ice cream in a cone
Royal approval: The prince seems delighted with his ice cream as Camilla has another taste
He looked on in amazement as the Prince passed his table and then found himself face-to-face with Camilla.
'She asked me how my coffee was and I told her it was very nice.'
The couple then toured an open air farmers' market where they were further tempted by an array of pies, pasties, cakes and mouth-wateringly ripe fruit displays and stopped for an ice cream cone.
Tomorrow the pair will visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales on the fourth and final day of their annual summer tour.
THE QUEEN CONTINUES JUBILEE TOUR IN HEREFORDSHIRE
The Queen continued her national Diamond Jubilee tour today by visiting one of England's oldest cathedrals and attending a parade celebrating all things Herefordshire.
Thousands of well-wishers turned out on Hereford's King George V playing fields to greet and cheer the Queen, who arrived in the city aboard a steam train named in her honour in 1933.
Pretty in pink: The Queen smiled and greeted well-wishes in Hereford today as she continued her jubilee tour
Wearing a light pink tweed coat and dress, the Queen began her visit to Hereford by unveiling a plaque and receiving a gift during an engagement at the city's 12th century cathedral.
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she then travelled by car to the King George V playing fields, where she was guided through marquees championing various aspects of Herefordshire life, including the work of charities and community groups.
Honoured: Accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen watched a celebratory service outside Hereford Cathedral
The couple then moved onto Guildhall where they had lunch with 150 guests before the Queen was presented with a porcelain plate by the Mayor of Worcester.
The Queen and the duke rounded off the day with a visit to Worcester Cathedral, which was packed with local schoolchildren, civic leaders and members of voluntary organisations.
Uplifting: The royal couple outside Hereford Cathedral where balloons were released into the sky
Her Majesty unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit to the cathedral after a special Worcestershire-themed service led by the Bishop of Worcester the Right Reverend Dr John Inge, which included the audience singing an excerpt from JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings to Elgar's Land Of Hope And Glory before finishing with the National Anthem.
The royal couple will stay overnight in Worcester before travelling to Birmingham tomorrow to continue her two-day series of engagements in the West Midlands as part of her jubilee tour.