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King Charles III to appear on The Repair Shop - here’s all the details

His Majesty, pictured with Jay Blades, chose two items for repair

(Picture: Ian West/BBC/Ricochet Ltd/PA Wire)

King Charles III will join the show in a special episode to celebrate the BBC’s centenary.

The special episode of The Repair Shop, airing on 26 October at 8pm on BBC One, is part of the BBC’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

His Majesty chose two items for repair; an 18th-century bracket clock from the collection at the Prince's Foundation's Dumfries House headquarters, and a piece of Wemyss Ware made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Joined by Jay Blades, Steve Fletcher, Will Kirk, and Kirsten Ramsay, the royal met the cast at Dumfries House in Scotland to learn more about the Prince’s Foundation’s work to train the next generation of craftspeople.

The King will be seen giving Blades a tour of the estate, as well as meeting some of the students on a Prince's Foundation programme, teaching traditional skills like blacksmithing, stonemasonry, and wood carving.

Blades, who received his MBE from the King in May, said: “You’ve got someone from a council estate and someone from a royal estate that have the same interests about apprenticeships and heritage crafts and it is unbelievable to see that two people from so far apart, from different ends of the spectrum, actually have the same interests.”

BBC commissioning editor Julie Shaw said: “This is an incredibly special programme, which has the magic that Repair Shop viewers have come to know and love.

“People will see the former Prince of Wales as you rarely see him - and he is as captivated by the skills of the team who work on his items as any of our Repair Shop visitors.

“The episode is a real treat and we hope that people enjoy it as much as we do.”

Satinder Kaur, collections manager for Dumfries House, said: "At the Prince's Foundation, we are very proud to have partnered with the Repair Shop for this very special episode."

Before ascending the throne, the former Prince of Wales visited the show between autumn 2021 and March 2022 for filming.

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