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'We're getting the royal treatment!' Black Country residents thrilled by prince's surprise visit

Black Country residents got a glimpse of a right royal visitor when the Prince of Wales made surprise visits to a school and charities in the region.

The Prince of Wales speaks with schoolchildren after his visit to St Michael's Church of England High School in Rowley Regis, Sandwell, West Midlands, to learn about the award-winning student-led initiatives available to pupils to support their mental health and wellbeing. Photo: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

Rowley Regis residents said they were both shocked and delighted to learn of the prince's visit when he arrived at St Michael's CE High School, in Curral Road, at around 10am on Thursday.

He made the visit after 12-year-old pupil Freddie Hadley wrote to him about the school's mental health campaign. The future king, who was wearing a dark-coloured suit, also visited the Woodgate Valley Urban Farm in Birmingham and Birmingham-based drug rehabilitation charity Betel UK on the same day.

Residents said they were "shocked" to learn of the special visit, saying they are "more than happy" that their town was getting the "royal treatment".

David Taylor, 45, of Old School Drive, said: "I actually didn't know about it until you told me. But it's fantastic isn't it? I'm not much of a royalist myself, but it's nice that we are getting the royal treatment for once.

"You wouldn't expect to see someone so high profile in this area to be honest. It's really great."