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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall start Wales summer visit

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Media captionPrince Charles asks members of the Australian Ashes team about their training

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have completed the first day of their week-long summer visit to Wales.

The Prince met members of the England and Australia cricket teams at Cardiff's Swalec Stadium, ahead of the Ashes Test starting on Wednesday.

He also spoke to young people on a course run by The Prince's Trust aimed at preparing them for hospitality work.

Visits to a recycling centre and Parc Prison, Bridgend, rounded off the day.

At the prison, he met Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - supporters of the Prince's Trust - ahead of meeting young offenders taking part in a "Get Started with Football" programme run by the the Trust.

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Image caption Prince Charles meets England captain Alastair Cook
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Image caption Prince Charles shared a joke with Ant and Dec at Parc Prison, Bridgend

Australian fast-bowler Nathan Lyon said the prince was on "top form", asking questions ahead of their opening Ashes game.

He said: "It was a massive honour from an Australian cricket team point of view, especially as it's something that a lot of people don't get to do.

"It was great for him to come out and meet our guys and pass on a few words.

"We're looking good and feeling good and we're feeling excited about the game."

Later in the week the royal couple will open a bakery academy in Wrexham and visit a farm producing organic lamb.

During the tour, the pair are staying at their home in Llwynywermod, Carmarthenshire, where they will host a concert organised by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

The Duchess will also host a tea party, with entertainment from Carmarthen Youth Opera, for children receiving treatment at Ty Hafan Children's Hospice.

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Image caption Prince Charles spoke to members of the Prince's Trust programme
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Image caption The prince signed photographs during his visit to Swalec

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