Prince Charles and Camilla switch on Tetbury's Christmas lights
The spotlight fell on the tiny market town of Tetbury this evening as thousands turned out to see the future king of England, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, turn on the Christmas lights.
'Christmas in Tetbury' started with a torchlight procession led by Santa (accompanied by firefighters), followed by carols and a nativity play in the Market Hall.
The main focus of the evening, however, was the royal couple's ceremonial 'throwing of the switch' or, in this case, 'pushing of the plunger', where they were joined on the Market Hall steps by two competition-winning children from St Mary's Primary and Sir Willam Romney's schools to assist in the switching on of the town's Christmas lights.
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The royal couple then mingled with the crowd, meeting local townspeople, as the festivities, music and Christmas market continued.
They went on to host a reception for local business owners at the prince's Highgrove shop, where the royal couple also took the opportunity of browsing the eclectic selection of home and lifestyle products inspired by the grounds of their nearby home at Highgrove estate.
The Prince told a waiting press pack that this evening was his way of boosting trade in the area after the Badminton Horse Trials event was cancelled earlier this year due to waterlogged ground.