Prince Charles thinks the Queen only has one TV at home

·Royal Correspondent
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Watch: Prince Charles visits Donaghadee Harbour in Northern Ireland

Prince Charles has revealed the Queen has probably only got one television as he and his wife Camilla tour Northern Ireland.

Charles, 72, had an amusing exchange with a young boy who had turned out to see the royal at Donaghadee, as the boy asked him how many televisions his mother had.

"One I think," replied the prince. "And maybe one or two elsewhere as well, you never know."

The Queen, 95, has spent most of the last year living at Windsor Castle, which is where she usually spends weekends when she is on duty at Buckingham Palace.

Charles may have been referring to the Berkshire home in his answer as she is likely to consider that home at the moment.

However she spends her summers in Balmoral, and Christmas at Sandringham, where its known the family gathers around the television to watch her message at 3pm on 25 December.

BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets wellwishers as he arrives to view stones which line the Donaghadee Harbour walls and were decorated with messages of hope by local people during the pandemic on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)
Prince Charles met wellwishers at Donaghadee Harbour in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (WireImage)
BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets wellwishers and their pet dogs as he arrives to view stones which line the Donaghadee Harbour walls and were decorated with messages of hope by local people during the pandemic on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)
He stopped to stroke some of the dogs who had come out with their owners to say hello. (WireImage)

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The Queen has previously been reported to watch programmes like Downton Abbey, Emmerdale and even EastEnders. She also apparently has boxsets of the Doctor Who series.

In 2011, X Factor contestant Mary Byrne said the Queen had watched the talent show.

She told the Irish Independent: "She came up and spoke to me and said ‘you are the lady off the ‘X Factor’.

"I asked her did she watch it? The Queen said she watched it the next day so she must have recorded it."

Charles and Camilla, 73, are on a two day tour of Northern Ireland, and have spent time in Belfast and Co Down where they visited an outdoor market.

BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales views stones which line the Donaghadee Harbour walls and were decorated with messages of hope by local people during the pandemic on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)
Prince Charles views stones which line the Donaghadee Harbour walls and were decorated with messages of hope by people during the pandemic. (WireImage)
BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets wellwishers as he arrives to view stones which line the Donaghadee Harbour walls and were decorated with messages of hope by local people during the pandemic on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)
Prince Charles chatted to people in the harbour after word got out about his visit. (WireImage)

They were greeted by schoolchildren in Bangor before touring the market which is 98 years old.

Clarence House shared on Twitter that the royal couple looked at the range of local goods on sale including cakes, fish, fruit and vegetables and plants.

Charles then went onto the harbour town of Donaghadee, where he viewed stones with messages of hope, left during the pandemic along the harbour wall.

He elbow bumped well wishers who had gathered to see him, although details of the visit were not meant to be public.

BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Kilcooley Women's Centre to meet staff and learn about the groups' work from its members on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Camilla visited the Kilcooley Women's Centre to meet staff and learn about the groups' work from its members. (WireImage)
COMBER, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall strokes a horse as she visits Horses for People on May 19, 2021 in Comber, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
Camilla with a horse at Horses for People in Comber, Northern Ireland. (Getty Images)
COMBER, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall strokes a donkey as she visits Horses for People on May 19, 2021 in Comber, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
Camilla with a donkey at Horses for People in Comber, Northern Ireland. (Getty Images)

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Cathy McAllister, who lives nearby, said the visit boosted people's spirits.

"It was supposed to be kept quiet but in Donaghadee things get round quite quickly," she said.

"So it was a great turnout for him and such a lovely day - it really showcased the town at its very best."

Charles also stopped to stroke some of the pet dogs of well-wishers.

While Charles was at the harbour, Camilla went to Kilcooley Women’s Centre in Bangor where she visited a book club named in her honour.

The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with the Camilla Club, a book group meeting virtually having been inspired by her Reading Room initiative.

BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets wellwishers as he visits Bangor open air market with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles elbow bumped wellwishers as he visited Bangor open air market with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. (Getty Images)
BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with stall holders as he visits Bangor open air market with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on May 19, 2021 in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Charles appeared to enjoy joking around with the crowds at Bangor. (Getty Images)

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The duchess launched the Reading Room earlier this year, keen to share her love of reading more widely.

She chooses four titles each term and the authors share their thoughts as well as their favourite books, while Camilla fosters discussion about the themes with questions posted on an special Instagram.

She told the group: "It’s wonderful and being here I was able to tie it all in and come visit you all."

Camilla then went to visit the Horses for People centre in County Down, hearing about equine-assisted therapy.

The duchess, a horse lover, met June Burgess, the centre's founder and then spoke to staff members and people who use the services.

She viewed some of the horses during her final engagement of the two-day tour.

Watch: Prince Charles and Camilla tour historic open-air market

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