Royal visit sees Charles drinking from Liverpool cup

{mosimage}Prince Charles and his wife Camilla paid a visit to Liverpool FC yesterday and got an opportunity to walk on the famous Anfield turf. The Prince’s official website reported on the event, the following is an extract from that site, at The article also gives more background on the reason for the visit.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the North West of England for a day of engagements and finished the day on the pitch at Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club.

After arriving together at the Warrington Bank Quay railway station, The Prince and The Duchess went on to separate engagements before visiting the home of the European Football Champions.

Later, The Prince and The Duchess visited Anfield, the home of European Champions Liverpool Football Club to see The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative which is celebrating its 10,000th participant.

The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative uses the appeal of football to motivate youngsters aged 16-25, and is funded by the FA Premier League, the Football Foundation and the Professional Footballers Association.

They met Manager Rafael Benitez and visited the players’ dressing room, where they met youngsters from The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative over a cup of tea, The Prince drinking his from a “This is Anfield” mug.

Delroy Naif, 20, from Toxteth, was there and he showed the Prince a picture of his two-year-old daughter, Sian-Louise, on his mobile phone.

He said: “She is the reason I got involved with the Prince’s Trust as I wanted to do something that would make her proud of me.

“I was telling Prince Charles all about her and then thought I would show him the picture on my phone.

“He was a really nice guy. He smiled when he saw the photo and asked me if she was talking yet.”

The Duchess joined in a Liverpool FC tradition by touching the club sign for luck as she and The Prince walked out of the tunnel on to the pitch to meet Liverpool captain Stephen Gerrard and see the European Cup.