Mind the Crown Jewels, Charles! Future King wields an axe as he hones his wood-chopping skills on Scandinavian tour

Mind the Crown Jewels, Charles! Future King wields an axe as he hones his wood-chopping skills on Scandinavian tour

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19:10 GMT, 21 March 2012

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall brushed up on their outdoor skills today as they toured some of Norway's highlights on the second day of their Scandinavian tour.

Accompanied by Queen Sonja of Norway,
the pair braved rain and cold weather for the trip, during which they
spent some time with school children at a local outdoor nursery and visited Bryggen, a World Cultural Heritage site on the banks of the fjords.

At the quayside, Prince Charles wasted no time in showing off his wood-chopping skills, grabbing a hatchet and splitting a log in two.

 Prince of Wales has a go with an axe as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on during a visit to Bryggen Wharf

Prince Charles,

Easy with that axe! Prince Charles has a go at chopping wood as Camilla looks on during a visit to Bryggen in Norway as part of the royal pair's Scandinavian tour

The Norwegian Royals and Camilla watch Charles chip away at the log

… a seasoned professional: Charles chips away at the log as Norwegian Royals and Camilla watch

The Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Sonja of Norway visit an outdoor nursery school in Bergen, Norway as part of an eight-day Scandinavian tour that coincides with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Sonja of Norway visit an outdoor nursery school in Bergen, Norway as part of an eight-day Scandinavian tour that coincides with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Duchess of Cornwall and HCamilla met local children watched campfire cooking and was shown safe wood whittling skills

Camilla was given a quick lesson in wood-whittling using a carving knife

For Camilla's lesson in skills of the great outdoors, she was taught the art of wood whittling.

Camilla looked chic in a cape-style coat while Norway's Queen opted for a bright yellow rain hat for the visit to the nursery.

The forest environment provides an
idyllic site and space for a playground where
the children can experience a range of outdoor activities throughout the year
and in all kinds of weather.

The Duchess has expressed interest in learning more about the health and educational benefits of such an approach.

Charles laughs as he spots members of the crowd in Royal masks during the visit to Bryggen Wharf in Norway

Charles laughs as he spots members of the crowd in Royal masks during the visit to Bryggen Wharf in Norway

Camilla and Charles speak to well-wishers. The royal tour of Scandinavia is part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Camilla and Charles speak to well-wishers. The royal tour of Scandinavia is part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Queen Sonja of Norway (C) visit Granebo Outdoor Nursery School on March 21, 2012 in Oslo, Norwa

The forest environment provides an
idyllic site and space for a playground where
they can experience a range of outdoor activities throughout the year
and in all kinds of weather

The Duchess has expressed interest in learning more about the health and educational benefits of such an approach

The Duchess has expressed interest in learning more about the health and educational benefits of such an approach

Charles and Camilla also went to the Haakonshallen, a medieval hall Charles previously visited in 1969 with the Queen.

A
Clarence House spokeswoman said the Prince had specifically requested
he visit the hall, where a cultural performance was held for the royal
visitors, because of his earlier trip there.

Joined by the Queen and King of
Norway, Charles and Camilla took a walking tour of the historic quayside
buildings of Bryggen, a Unesco world heritage site, during the day.

Much of the visit saw Charles taking
part in engagements on the water – first on a trawler boat at the
Institute for Marine Research, and later on HMS Liverpool where he will
meet sailors who have worked with the Norwegian air force in Libya as
part of Nato exercises in the region.

The Prince told King Harald and guests at a state dinner held in Oslo last night how much he was looking forward to the visit.

King Harald, Camilla, Prince Charles and Queen Sonja attend a concert in Haakonshall, a medieval hall Charles last visited in 1969 with the Queen

King Harald, Camilla, Prince Charles and Queen Sonja attend a concert in Haakonshall, a medieval hall Charles last visited in 1969 with the Queen

He said: 'I am delighted that HMS
Liverpool is deployed here for Exercise Cold Response and that Your
Majesty and I will be visiting her tomorrow.'

The royals are set to return to Oslo, where they carried out the first of their engagements on their eight-day tour of Scandinavia, in the evening.

After the Prince of Wales and Camilla's three-day tour in Norway, which includes a visit to the western city of Bergen, they are scheduled to travel to Sweden and Denmark.

It is the couple's first joint visit to Scandinavia.

The Royals attended a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo last night

The Royals attended a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo last night