King Charles stars in special episode of The Repair Shop

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King Charles stars in The Repair ShopBen A. Pruchnie - Getty Images

King Charles appeared in a special episode of The Repair Shop to celebrate the BBC’s 100 year anniversary on Wednesday (26 October).

For a centenary episode of The Repair Shop, King Charles (then Prince Charles) joined Jay Blades and the team with some very special heirlooms in need of restoration.

Ahead of the episode, the BBC said that The King, “will choose a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and an 18th Century clock to be restored by the programme's team of experts.”


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In the episode, we were able to see the finished pieces in question brought back to life and The King's heartwarming reaction to seeing his family heirlooms repaired.

In the episode, Jay Blades received a tour of Dumfries House in Scotland from The King, and met students from the Prince’s Trust who were learning traditional skills such as stonemasonry and blacksmithing.

In the episode, the then Prince Charles talked about the benefits of apprenticeships and promoting practical or more vocational skills in young people, which he has seen during work with his Prince's Trust, and Jay Blades agreed.

The broadcaster explained that The Repair Shop was chosen to showcase it and the King’s “shared passion for preserving heritage craft skills," with the show's team.

A preview rounding up some of the key moments of the episode ahead of it's airing was shared on the official Royal Family instagram, which you can watch below. Although the episode has aired for the first time already, it is also available to watch on catch up via BBC iPlayer.

The King and Jay Blades have met before, as Jay was presented with his MBE for services to craft in May earlier this year, by the then Prince Charles.

The BBC turned 100 years old on 18 October and the broadcaster planned a number of special programmes to mark the occasion.

Other special episodes planned to mark the BBC’s 100 years included Strictly Come Dancing with dance routines set to iconic theme music from shows including Casualty and Doctor Who.

The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit on BBC iPlayer is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

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