THE DUKE and Duchess of Cornwall have told how they are “waiting by the telephone” for news of their future grandchild.
Prince Charles and Camilla were in Cornwall today, for their annual visit to the county, but said they are hopeful of news soon on Kate and William’s baby.
They began their tour by first visiting Bude, where they took in the sights and sounds of the town centre before moving on to Bude Castle, where they viewed workshops of local craftspeople and met members of the community, the Bude Surf Life Saving Club, young sea kayakers and the RNLI by Bude Quay.
Camilla then left Charles and went off to Little Harbour, the Children’s Hospice South West centre at Porthpean, near St Austell.
There she met with staff and children who use the centre for respite care.
She also unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit, where she was helped by 13-year-old Alex Smith, a spinal muscular astrophy sufferer.
She told the watching crowds: “I want to really congratulate all the team that have worked hard to make this such a special place.”
She said the public perception of hospices is that they are “sad places” but that the opposite was so often true, referring to Little Harbour as “just beautiful”.
On Kate and William’s imminent new arrival, she added: “We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here.”
Later today they will visit Lostwithiel to host a reception to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Cornwall Crafts Association at the Duchy Nursery.
They will then be back in Lostwithiel on Wednesday to official open the newly-renovated Duchy Palace.