Prince Charles is holding the 97-year-old host patient visiting Wales affected by the flood

Prince Charles holds hands with a 97-year-old host patient in contact with the images as he visits people affected by the brutal floods caused by Storm Dennis in Wales.

The Prince of Wales laughs and smiles as he sits at the bedside of Maureen Russell at the Marie Curie Hospice in Cardiff.

The Queen’s eldest son intervened to offer moral support to the people and activities of South Wales who suffer after the devastation of the flood waters.

In the city of Pontypridd, where more houses and businesses were flooded, he laughed and joked with the locals who kept morale high despite the destruction wrought.

A young boy smiles as Charles shakes his hand, while women in raincoats burst out laughing while the Prince plays a joke.

One of them leans over to say something in the ear and in another photo, gives a hooded woman a friendly pat on the arm.

Something he says makes him laugh

Charles unveiled a plaque at the Hospice Marie Curie and signed a petal as part of the Great Appeal of the Narcissus.

It is also meeting people involved in rescue and support activities.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson continued to dodge requests to see the devastation unleashed by Storm Dennis in person yesterday.

He took her hand as he sat next to his bed

Charles shook a young boy’s hand during a visit to the city of Pontypridd

The Prime Minister was still resisting calls to convene a COBRA meeting to coordinate efforts to help families affected by the chaos.

Fireman leaders also criticized Mr. Johnson’s response as “chaos” – and accused him of curling up.

Charles is making numerous commitments in Wales and has already tried to drive the new Aston Martin luxury SUV in the car factory in St Athan, near Barry.

In a joke, the Prince makes women laugh

The heir to the throne arrived at the Aston Martin Lagonda factory in his DB6 Mark 2 Volante, which he purchased in November 1970.

In 2008 the vehicle was converted to operate with E85 bioethanol based on by-products from the wine and cheese industry.

After arriving, Charles got into the driver’s seat of a red DBX – which cost £ 158,000 – and did it for a 15-minute test drive on the Aston Martin website.

Warmly caresses an old resident on the heat as he laughs

Charles drives Aston Martin’s first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX

In a speech to the staff, he said: “It is a particular pleasure to be able to visit an Aston Martin factory like this having been a very devoted member of the Aston Martin driver club for the past 50 years or more.

“The wonderful thing was that I was able to drive my very old car here in my very old way and to be able to get in and out again – alone.

“What was fascinating was seeing this new version of SUV, the DBX, and having had the opportunity to drive it.

The Prince of Wales talks to staff during a visit to the CAF train factory in Newport

Alex Cruz (2nd L), CEO of Charles Airways and British Airways, speaks with Julia Montague BA Customer Effect Executive Executive (R) aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner during a tour of the British Airways Maintenance Center (BAMC) at the airport of Cardiff

“I must say that it is a great tribute to all the team work, the competence and the extraordinary engineering skills that have united this extraordinary car.

“I just wanted to say that I am full of admiration for the fact that it is Welsh engineering and skill at a very high level.”

Before making his speech, Charles placed the wings of Aston Martin on the front of a brand new DBX.

He joked that it was shaky, saying to the staff, “I knew I was going to be wrong.”

Charles was presented with a yellow Marie Curie hat by the community fundraiser Hannah Leckie and Hilary James (right) during a visit to the Marie Curie Hospice in Cardiff

The prince said he “had probably made a terrible bosh” of the wings, adding that he would attempt to unveil a commemorative plaque “without causing any problems”.

Charles drove the DBX with Ian Hartley, senior manager for vehicle dynamics, who praised its handling.

“He’s a good driver, cautious,” said Hartley.

“Having the ownership of Aston Martins, he knows that they are powerful and that they have to be careful when necessary. He loved the car. We got on a very steep ridge.

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“He was impressed with the amount of machine technology and asked where we were going with electrification.”

Hartley claimed that Charles was also brought with the seats, made of Scottish leather.

During the visit, the prince met the engineers who worked at different stages of the production process, including the installation of the seat and the paint shop.

Earlier, Charles had visited British Airways’ engineering base in Cardiff, where he had been offered a tour of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

He also unveiled a plaque with CEO Andres Arizkorreta during a visit to the CAF train factory in Newport.


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