Prince Charles learnt to sew a button on visit to Turnbull and Asser shirtmakers in Quedgeley
PRINCE Charles might be next in line to the throne but he can still sew a button.
He paid a visit to a Quedgeley shirt maker yesterday and was put to work behind a machine.
The Prince of Wales, has been wearing shirts from the tailor Turnbull and Asser for 40 years.
On his visit, he joked he had been wearing the same shirt for four decades.
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As well as getting behind a machine to sew on a button, he met staff in the company's cutting room and shirt manufacturing division, in Sabre Close.
The factory is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
He told staff: "Well done and many congratulations on such a fantastic job," he told employees."
The Prince met Kirsty Halford, 21, a buttonholer when he had a go at sewing, she said: "He said he's always wondered how you make the button holes. It was nerve-wracking. I'm still shaking."
It was not his only county visit yesterday.
He also went to Uley with almost the whole village turning out to see him open their community shop. He was greeted at the volunteer-run Uley Community Stores and Post Office by residents who got together and raised £50,000 to save it.
Before unveiling a plaque, he asked the volunteers questions about the project and accepted gifts of a book on Uley's history, a pair of mugs from a batch made specially to mark his visit, and a tray bake cake.
"He was an extremely charming man," volunteer shop assistant Enid Fullard said. "I was surprised by his wavy hair at the back."