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The choir of Ely St Mary’s Junior School were on hand to entertain Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when the Royal couple paid a visit to Ely.

While Camilla fulfilled engagements at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Charles visited the Thomas Parsons’ Charity almshouses in Ely, where he is a patron. He joined several residents for tea with Lord Lieutenant Julie Spence at the Poet’s House Hotel afterwards.

The Prince then moved on to Ely Cathedral to visit the Stained Glass Museum, where he has been a patron since 1997. From there the couple went to the Ely Farmers’ Market, where they spoke to traders, to the accompaniment of singing from the choir of Ely St Mary’s Junior School. He spoke to musical director Hazel Law and said how lovely the singing was and how it had kept him warm.

Hazel was able to speak to Prince Charles and highlighted the importance of singing and music to children in school, and an activity that can get overlooked. Several members of the DEMAT team were also in the Market Place to see the Royal couple and support the choir.