On Tuesday 11th July, me, Iwan Blakeway had to take pictures and quotes in a Royal visit from Prince Charles.
I’m 14 and am doing a week’s worth of work experience with the Brecon & Radnor Express. I have been doing it in the editorial department and have really enjoyed it so far! It’s everything I expected it to be and this or something similar would be my ideal job. I’ve been told that I should try not to get it with a local newspaper but if the opportunity arises in the future then I’ll gladly take it. Working for a paper like The Times or The Guardian would be the ultimate. I’m on my second day here at the B & R but by the time you’re reading this I might of finished.
I’m telling you this because today I met the future king Prince Charles. He came to visit the Regimental museum here in Brecon. It was amazing just to see a Royal anyways but what made it the icing on the cake was being with all the photographers. I took a few pictures as well including a sergeant picking up goat poop with a carrier bag even though I was told not to! It was a pretty surreal experience because I’ve seen so many times on the telly before huge flashing images from the paparazzi and it was an amazing feeling being a part of that. I also had a bit of a buzz whenever this woman told us to hustle out the way when Charles was walking around the museum. She told us that he was walking around much quicker than he was meant to. I didn’t see any toilets there so that might be why!
In my opinion, however, I thought Elliot one of the people he spoke to was much more intriguing to take pictures of than Charles. Elliot is a Zulu and speaks their language. I learnt one word off him and that was "maluju" meaning peace. However I think, in his warrior’s outfit and facing the future King of Britain, "peace" might have been the last thing Elliot was thinking about! He was dressed up as one of the Zulu warriors he is descended from and spoke to the Prince of Wales quite a bit.
After speaking to Elliot, he strode to another part of the museum and shook everybody who works at the museum’s hand, talking to each and every one. It looked to me like he was saying the same things to all of them (Probably did!). When he’d finished in the museum he walked outside the back door and shook most people’s hand who were waiting outside to see him. And then that was about it. He walked back into his posh car which was followed by a land rover and then a police car and voyaged on out of the car park. The Editor told me beforehand that I should jot quotes from people there and I did. It was in the back of my mind the whole time while I was there but I eventually did it and obviously it wasn’t that bad. I spoke to the museum curator Richard Davies and asked him about the whole event. He told me "It was a relaxed visit, he clearly has an interest in the Zulu War because he’s been to South Africa before. He had a deep interest in the displays, he met all of the museum staff and talked to them about a couple of projects they’re doing. As a whole I think he was really intrigued!".
This experience was a first for me and I will well and truly cherish this moment for a long time and many more this week with the B & R.