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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall meet Sandringham show eagle in a flap

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall with eagle at flower show Image copyright Jonathan Brady/PA
Image caption Zephyr the bald eagle caused quite a stir at the Sandringham flower show

Prince Charles had a close encounter with an eagle in a flap as he visited a flower show earlier in Norfolk.

The prince and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were meeting the Army Air Corps' mascot, Zephyr, a bald eagle, on the Sandringham estate.

In the past the prince was forced to dodge its wings as he handled the bird.

Zephyr chose to display the same behaviour this year. The prince said: "That's why I'm not holding him. I've learnt from experience."

He added: "I'm keeping well back."

The Royals were greeted by thousands as they visited some of the displays.

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Image caption The bald eagle was returned to his handler amid much amusement
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Image caption The Prince of Wales had held on to Zephyr for a short time on a previous visit to the show

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