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William takes part in a volleyball match on Cornwall’s popular beach
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William takes part in a volleyball match on Cornwall’s popular beach

The Prince of Wales took part in a game with teenagers from a local lifesaving club at Fistral Beach in Newquay.

The Prince of Wales took part in an impromptu game of volleyball on one of Britain’s most popular beaches.

William took part in a game with teenagers from a local lifesaving club at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

The warm spring weather, with temperatures around 16 degrees Celsius and a gentle breeze, had attracted large numbers of crowds to the beach to enjoy the sand and waves – and to catch a glimpse of the prince.

Prince William takes part in a game of volleyball during a visit to Fistrall Beach in Newquay (Toby Melville/PA)Prince William takes part in a game of volleyball during a visit to Fistrall Beach in Newquay (Toby Melville/PA)
William takes part in a game of volleyball during a visit to Fistral Beach in Newquay (Toby Melville/PA)

The beach is popular with surfers and regularly hosts international competitions, as well as the Boardmasters Festival.

William started the match and his skill at serving proved too much as the opponent repeatedly hit the ball into the net as he tried to hit back.

William, who is also the Duke of Cornwall, a title he inherited from his father after the death of the Queen, controls the Duchy of Cornwall, a portfolio of land, property and investments worth more than £1 billion, which provide an income for the heir. to the throne.

During the visit, the prince met members of lifesaving clubs Holywell Bay and Newquay Surf and watched demonstrations of training exercises including surfboard skills and CPR.

He asked a group of teenagers: ‘What is it like out there? Looks good for a few waves.”

The prince also met members of the RNLI patrolling the beach and spoke to lifeguards on duty at the lifeboat station.

This year the RNLI celebrates its 200th anniversary, having been founded in 1824.

Before leaving, William met the crowd and posed for selfies.

He had previously visited a housing project in the Duchy of Cornwall at Nansledan in Newquay, designed to give homeless people a home.

Prince William signs the cast of Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Felix Kanes (Toby Melville/PA)Prince William signs the cast of Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Felix Kanes (Toby Melville/PA)
William signs the cast of Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Felix Kanes (Toby Melville/PA)

The scheme – in partnership with Cornish charity St Petrocs – will see 24 houses built on Duchy land for people experiencing homelessness.

As well as providing a place to live, the project also provides comprehensive support and is inspired by Homewards – a five-year program led by The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales to show that it is possible to end homelessness .

Construction will start in September and the first homes should be delivered in the autumn of next year.

During the visit, William met Max Hedges, 26, from Camborne, who was helped by St Petrocs after becoming homeless and is now joining the Royal Navy.

“It was brilliant (the prince was in) a good mood,” he said afterwards.

“I told him a little bit about me and why I am involved with St Petrocs, where I have been and what I am doing now and the progress of St Petrocs.

“They helped me a lot – I needed a safe place to live and I needed a base camp to rebuild my life.

“I have just received so much support from the staff and we have now become friends.”

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: “Today marks the first time the Prince will see the location of the new homes.

“He looks forward to hearing from the Duchy team on how the work is progressing and from St. Petrocs on the impact the project will have on people experiencing homelessness locally.

“Both His Royal Highness and the Duchy hope that this project will serve as an inspiration to others.”