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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting West Yorkshire today (Friday).

The royal couple are expected to arrive at Halifax's Piece Hall mid-morning and be shown around, before ringing the trading bell and unveiling a commemorative plaque.

They will also visit the nearby Square Chapel Arts Centre and Dean Clough Mills.

Huge crowds are expected to greet the future King of England, whose last visit was to Hebden Bridge in the aftermath of serious flooding in the summer of 2012. He also visited Todmorden in September two years earlier, and opened the town's Eureka! Children's Museum in 1992.

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Praise for Piece Hall from Charles

What a wonderful day for the Piece Hall - and for Royal watchers.

Here’s our story from the visit of Charles and Camilla

Go Maci !

Aw, how lovely!

More photos of the Royal pair in Halifax

Great photos here from Twitter user Mr Loft

Look! A prince!

Royal visit by Princes Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, to Halifax Piece Hall.
Royal visit by Princes Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, to Halifax Piece Hall.

Our reporter on Charles and Camilla at the Piece Hall

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Piece Hall in Halifax, United Kingdom. Photo: Peter Bryne - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Piece Hall in Halifax, United Kingdom. Photo: Peter Bryne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

All aboard the Royal steam train

Super video clip of the Prince and the Duchess on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway which passes through Bronte country.

Poets and a Prince

Congratulations to these young poets

Obligatory photo of a plaque being unveiled

Unveiling a plaque at the stunning Piece Hall.

Nice photo of the Prince here

Lovely picture of Prince Charles by Sarah on Twitter:

Visit to Yorkshire Soap Company

Here is a picture of our future king smelling a novelty soap shaped like a gingerbread man. You’re welcome.

The Prince of Wales visits the Yorkshire Soap Company at The Piece Hall in Halifax following a multi-million pound project to transform the former cloth hall into a world class cultural and heritage destination. Picture Tony Johnson.
The Prince of Wales visits the Yorkshire Soap Company at The Piece Hall in Halifax following a multi-million pound project to transform the former cloth hall into a world class cultural and heritage destination. Picture Tony Johnson. (Image: Tony Johnson/Johnston Press)

Hanging out with the crowds at Dean Clough Mills

A trip round Halifax Borough Market

A chance for the royal couple to stock up on voice tablets, plastic curtain hooks and diamanté baseball caps.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit The Piece Hall in Halifax following a multi-million pound project to transform the former cloth hall into a world class cultural and heritage destination.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit The Piece Hall in Halifax following a multi-million pound project to transform the former cloth hall into a world class cultural and heritage destination. (Image: Tony Johnson/Johnston Press)

GALLERY

Some pictures from this morning’s visit to the Piece Hall.

A royal wave from the balcony

Because the royals like waving at people from balconies.

Another live broadcast from the visit

A brass band have been booked to welcome Charles and Camilla.

Lovely pictures from this morning's visit

Clarence House have tweeted these lovely pictures from today’s royal visit:

Prince Charles greets a Yorkshire Terrier on visit to Halifax
Prince Charles greets a Yorkshire Terrier on visit to Halifax (Image: Clarence House)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greeted with flowers on visit to Halifax's Piece Hall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greeted with flowers on visit to Halifax's Piece Hall (Image: Clarence House)

Question: What do the royal do with all the flowers people give them when they go on visits? Always wonder whether Kate Middleton sticks them in a pint glass on top of the TV. If anyone could let me know on Twitter, that would be great (@SusieMayJourno).

Live at Piece Hall

Another live broadcast as we join visitors here to get a glimpse of the royal couple:

Royals being shown round museum

Charles and Camilla are being shown round the museum and learning about the area’s textile history.

Did you know, the carpets in Buckingham Palace were made right in Halifax by Avena Carpets? The same company has also supplied the White House and the home of John Travolta. Don’t say you don’t learn anything new in the Examiner...

WATCH: Charles shakes hands with visitors

Lots of pride and flag-waving at the Piece Hall this morning...

They're here!

Charles and Camilla have been greeting staff and traders at the Piece Hall.

Next they’ll be shown around before ringing the old trading bell and unveiling a commemorative plaque.

When did Charles last visit?

Prince Charles last visited Huddersfield in March 1982 before returning to see the Standedge Visitor Centre in 2005.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at St Patrick's Centre in Huddersfield in March 1982
Princess Diana and Prince Charles at St Patrick's Centre in Huddersfield in March 1982

Not sure what he’s supposed to be looking at here:

Prince Charles at Standedge Visitor Centre. The Prince watches a 'legging' demonstration in April 2005.
Prince Charles at Standedge Visitor Centre. The Prince watches a 'legging' demonstration in April 2005. (Image: Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

He does, however, appear to have a thing for our neighbouring town. The future king visited Hebden Bridge in 2012 after it was hit by devastating floods in June. Before that, he came to Todmorden in September 2010 to see the market and meet local food organisation Incredible Edible.

He also most notably came to Halifax to open Eureka! Children’s Museum in 1992. Here he is, talking to a bin...

Prince Charles at the official opening of Eureka! in 1992
Prince Charles at the official opening of Eureka! in 1992 (Image: Eureka)

Royals will also visit Rotherham

Charles and Camilla will also visit South Yorkshire later this afternoon.

After their stop in Halifax, the couple will be heading to Rotherham and will be formally relighting an old furnace at the Liberty Speciality Steels plant in the town. I bet they can’t wait.

Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

WATCH: Crowds waiting for the Royals

Always amazed by the scale and beauty of this building - and I’m sure Charles and Camilla will be too.

Crowds are gathering

Live from Piece Hall

Reporter Tony Earnshaw is there today to get a glimpse...

School children waving flags ahead of royal arrival

These lot have gotten into the spirit!