The Prince of Wales dons a warehouse uniform as he visits a seaweed factory in Scotland

[UK] He’s known for his dapper dress sense and was once ranked the most fashionable man in the world, by style bible Esquire magazine.

But today Prince Charles swapped his fine threads for a rather different look – a factory uniform.

The Prince meets operations director Tom McGee (left) and director Peter Elbourne during a visit to New Wave Foods, Wick.
The Prince meets operations director Tom McGee (left) and director Peter Elbourne during a visit to New Wave Foods, Wick.

The 67-year-old popped on a white worker coat and mesh hat as he embarked on a tour around a seaweed harvesting and processing plant in north Scotland.

Talking to workers at the New Wave Foods factory, Charles appeared to be comfortable in his not-so-glamorous ensemble.

At one point he stopped to readjust his hat slightly. Along with the factory tour, Charles stepped out into the open air to watch the harvesting process.

Along with the factory tour, Charles stepped out into the open air to watch the harvesting process
Along with the factory tour, Charles stepped out into the open air to watch the harvesting process

Swapping his white uniform for wellies and a windproof jacket, he walked along the beach near Castle Mey, to watch staff from New Wave Foods collect the edible seaweed.

The royal has been busy this week and yesterday he officially opened a new warehouse at a Ross-shire business known for making textiles and pottery.

The Duke of Rothesay, as he is known in Scotland, met members of staff at ANTA Scotland, by Fearn, as he walked around the new £500,000 complex.

The royal talks with research and development coordinator Ben Seaman (left) and operations director Tom McGee, from New Wave Foods
The royal talks with research and development coordinator Ben Seaman (left) and operations director Tom McGee, from New Wave Foods

 

The company employs about 40 staff at the site – many of them young employees who have been trained since leaving school.

Owners Annie and Lachlan Stewart opened their first shop in London in 1984, but six years later returned home to the Highlands to start making their products – all of which are sourced and made in Scotland.

The prince, also known as the Duke of Rothesay, also visited Anta home furnishings in Fearn, Scotland, to see how the business supports traditional craft skills
The prince, also known as the Duke of Rothesay, also visited Anta home furnishings in Fearn, Scotland, to see how the business supports traditional craft skills

At the end of his tour the Duke, a patron for The Campaign For Wool, said: ‘I am very pleased to open this wonderful new factory.

‘I am such an admirer of what you do here and I do hope this factory gives you more scope for all your exports.’

ANTA’s e-commerce manager Heather Robertson said: ‘In terms of local employment we are hugely important.

‘It supports the whole community and certainly with the opening of a new factory, about a dozen more jobs have been created.

The Prince with Rhiannon Laing (left) and Megan Sutherland during a visit to Anta home furnishings
The Prince with Rhiannon Laing (left) and Megan Sutherland during a visit to Anta home furnishings

‘The important thing is that it’s providing training and skilled labour in the local manufacturing industry.’

The Duke spoke firstly with staff in the textiles team as they demonstrated how they make products such as bags, seats and rugs.

Textiles technician Vincent Kilcollins has been working for ANTA for nearly two years and moved from the USA to be with his family, who are from the area.

He said: ‘As well as talking to the Duke about the process of making the rugs, we spoke about the military.

‘He served on HMS Norfolk and I was based out of Norfolk, Virginia, so we had that commonality.”

The Duke also met ceramics decorator Jane Swanson, who has worked for ANTA for 14 years.

She said: ‘He commented on how marvellous it was that we managed to paint such straight lines on the pottery. I said to him it’s down to years of practice.

‘This new building has made a huge difference. We have all of these windows along the side of the building now which makes it far brighter, and there is just a lot more space.’

On Friday, the Duke will also visit Wick Sheriff Court to mark its 150th anniversary.

 

Photo: Talking to workers at the New Wave Foods factory, Charles appeared to be comfortable in his not-so-glamorous ensemble.

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