Charles and Camilla admire an impressive picnic spread – but it’s made out of felt (Picture: Getty)
The Prince of Wales has apparently told people he doesn’t want the nation to go back to ‘bickering’ when the Jubilee is over.
He and wife Camilla mingled with 450 other guests at a lunch in the Oval cricket ground today, one of thousands of picnics and street parties held to celebrate the occasion.
Some of those Prince Charles spoke to have since described what they chatted about.
Sarah Friar, CEO of neighbourhood app Nextdoor, sat opposite him at her table.
She said he seemed to be enjoying the festivities with the nation coming together and told her: ‘When it comes to Monday are we going to go back to all the bickering again? Let’s hope we don’t do that.’
Ms Friar, who lives close to San Francisco but is originally from Ireland, said that it was ‘a wonderful thought’ for all of us.
He wants us all to get along (Picture: WireImage)
She explained: ‘He said at the end how great it was that everyone comes together this weekend.
‘We see it with neighbours, right? I’m from a company called Nextdoor, so people coming together with the best coming out.
‘People who don’t know each other are out having fun.’
Saturday night’s concert at Buckingham Palace came up in conversation too, with Ms Friar saying Charles described it as ‘marvellous’.
Those invited to the Oval included people from a variety of organisations, as well as locals and a group of 70 volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service.
Gemma Snow, from the Eden Project, was sitting next to Charles and said he talked about ‘keeping that togetherness going’.
Local resident Sonia Wilson also chatted to the prince.
Prince Louis sat on his grandad’s lap as he watched the Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace (Picture: AP)
Prince Charles meeting guests while attending a Big Jubilee Lunch at The Oval (Picture: Reuters)
“He said ‘I’m sorry to keep you from your lunch’. I said ‘No worries, I had my marmalade sandwich’,” she said.
Ms Wilson said Charles laughed and replied: ‘That’s a good joke, isn’t it?’
Singer Elaine Paige, ambassador for the Royal Voluntary Service, met Charles and Camilla at the lunch.
Speaking afterwards, Paige said: ‘I think that they are having a marvellous time. Obviously it’s quite a schedule for them all.
‘But I think he seemed very relaxed and full of good humour, and I think his opening comment was – because it was only half past 11 – “It’s a little early for lunch”.’
Speaking about the Queen’s sketch with Paddington Bear, she said: ‘I thought to myself what a brilliant actor she is.’
She said the Queen had ‘perfect timing’ and has a ‘twinkle in her eye’, adding: ‘I think she’s just the most superlative actor. It was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.’
Charles and Camilla viewed a 6×1.5m tea-party themed felt art piece by Lucy Sparrow when they arrived at event at the cricket ground.
The piece will be displayed later this year in the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.
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