King Charles was visibly moved when he saw handwork carried out on a beloved 18th century clock, as part of a special episode of The Repair Shop.
In a one-off episode to mark the BBC’s centenary, the popular program visited Dumfries House in Scotland to help Charles – who was still the Prince of Wales at the time of filming – with a stand clock and a Wemyss Ware ceramic piece.
Ahead of the big reveal, presenter Jay Blades greeted the monarch with a cup of Earl Gray tea presented in an HRH mug, to which Charles replied, “How did you guess.”
Upon entering The Repair Shop barn, Charles asked watchmaker Steve Fletcher, “Have you put the bells back on? The suspense kills me.
After the discovery, the royal said: “Oh my God, look at this you see. Fantastic. It just shows what love, care and attention does. Marvellous.
“Having seen what it was, I can’t thank you enough, it’s truly wonderful. It will look really special at Dumfries House.
After the pendulum was swung to hear the clock ticking, Charles glanced at his wristwatch to compare the time, saying, “Sorry, just checking.”
Hearing the clock chime, Charles added, “See, such a good sound. That’s all, I’m just trying to figure out what the melody is. It’s a Scottish tune, isn’t it?
“It took me a long time to realize there’s one at Clarence House playing the national anthem, it took me a long time to realize that was the case.”
Speaking of the clock, which had been hidden under a Rothesay tartan, Charles joked: “Very tactful” – referring to his previous Scottish title of Duke of Rothesay.
Earlier in The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit, Charles explained his love of clocks.
“For me, I love the sound, the ticking but also if they ring, that’s why I love grandfather clocks,” he said.
“I find it kind of reassuring in a fun way and they become really special parts of the house… the beating heart of it. That’s why they matter to me.
“I’m afraid it was something I learned from my grandma, she had a lot of fun putting a few together and trying to ring them at the same time in the dining room, which made it very enjoyable because everyone had to stop talking.”
Later in the episode, Charles was shown restorations carried out on the damaged 19th century piece made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee by British ceramist Wemyss Ware.
“I’m afraid it will be a terrible challenge. I told you it would test you,” he told ceramic expert Kirsten Ramsay.
After the reveal, Charles said, “Now look at this. It’s fantastic, really. How are you doing, I don’t know.
He twisted the coin to see better, adding, “I never would have believed that, I really wouldn’t.” I thought coming over ‘I bet she didn’t make it.’
“This is my favourite, I’ve been collecting them for years, Wemyss Ware, absolutely wonderful. I’m thrilled I promise you.
“Now you can all get back to what you’re supposed to do rather than get in my way, so thank you.”
When Blades asked him if he was happy with the restorations, Charles added, “Oh my God yes. I am so grateful to you.
The episode also saw Charles meet students from the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Program – a training initiative that teaches traditional skills such as blacksmithing, stone carving and woodcarving.