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Royal reunion at Styal chapel for Prince Charles with former Highgrove gardener

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PRINCE Charles was reunited with a former gardener at the Prince’s family home when he visited Norcliffe Unitarian Chapel at Styal.

His visit to the chapel took place to musical accompaniment provided by chapel organist Alan Myerscough, who worked as a part-time gardener at Highgrove House.

“Prince Charles was delighted to be reunited with Alan, and they greeted each other like old friends,” said chapel chairman Katharine Walker, who welcomed The Prince of Wales.

“Alan worked at Highgrove in 1995, and was the organist at a nearby church.”

Katharine presented Prince Charles with From Smuggling to Cotton Kings, a book on the Greg family history written by her second cousin Michael Janes.

Michael and Katharine are both descendants of the Greg family, and Katharine reminded Prince Charles of his visit to the chapel in 1995 when he met her grandmother, Katharine Jacks, the last Greg to be born and live her whole life in Styal.

She introduced Prince Charles to the minister of the chapel, The Reverend Alex Bradley, before the Prince spoke to members of the congregation.

Katharine added: “We were very privileged and honoured to have Prince Charles visit us for a second time.

“He gave us a great sense of goodwill, and everyone was very uplifted by his visit.”

Prince Charles signed the visitors book, and was also presented with a Unitarian booklet entitled A Faith Worth Thinking About.

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