IN PICTURES | Prince Charles shares a laugh with King Goodwill Zwelithini

23 July 2019 - 17:35 By staff reporter
Prince Charles and King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday in Builth Wells, Wales.
Prince Charles and King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday in Builth Wells, Wales.
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A major UK agricultural fair seems a bit of an odd setting for a pair of royals to have a reunion. But that's what happened on Monday when Prince Charles and King Goodwill Zwelithini Kabhekuzulu met up at the 100th Royal Welsh Show in Wales.

"You haven’t aged a bit," Charles apparently told the Zulu king, whom the Mirror reports he last saw in 2011.

King Goodwill attended the show as part of his visit to Wales to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Anglo-Zulu war in KwaZulu-Natal.

Many Welshmen fought in the conflict; 150 of them famously managed to hold Rorke’s Drift against an impi of 4,000, following the Zulu forces' epic defeat of the British army at Isandlwana.

The British and SA royals surrounded by the dancers who performed a military display for them at the 100th Royal Welsh Show.
The British and SA royals surrounded by the dancers who performed a military display for them at the 100th Royal Welsh Show.
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Queen Pumi and prince Charles both seem to have a fondness for 'broaches'.
Queen Pumi and prince Charles both seem to have a fondness for 'broaches'.
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Prince Charles shares a handshake, SA-style, with one of the men who performed a military display at the 100th Royal Show.
Prince Charles shares a handshake, SA-style, with one of the men who performed a military display at the 100th Royal Show.
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Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, and the Zulu monarchs watched a group of impi perform a military display before listening to a rendition of Men Of Harlech — a song which featured in the 1964 film Zulu about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

For more about king Goodwill's visit to Wales, see Times Select.