Prince Charles greeted by bumblebee mascot on visit to stately home

Prince Charles was introduced to a giant bumblebee as he visited a farming festival in Ayrshire.

He also met primary school children on a visit to a stately home he helped save for the nation.

The prince, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, spoke to farming experts and a blacksmith at Dumfries House on Thursday, finding out more about their work.

He talked to the bumblebee mascot and had a look at lambs, piglets and a horse as he walked around the Spring Festival of Farming site.

Charles asked the fancy dress insect if they were interested in beekeeping.

He added: "How many of you are inside there?"

An officer also showed the duke a Police Scotland tractor, which helps to tackle rural crime.

Dumfries House offers youngsters the opportunity to learn about food, farming and the countryside.

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The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, talks with a with a bumblebee mascot during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, views a police tractor during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, views a police tractor during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a visit to the Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
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Charles joined them as they learned about topics such as caring for animals, growing fruit and vegetables, dairy farming, wool spinning skills and how an auction operates.

They also had the chance to see and learn about turkeys, geese, hens, ducks, chickens, bees, sheep and pigs.

The range of workshops and experiences aims to complement classroom learning in primary schools and provide children with engaging, hands-on activities that will help bring to life and improve their understanding of food, farming, and the countryside.

Charles helped arrange a £45 million deal to buy the house in Ayrshire and its collection of Chippendale furniture.

He led a consortium of charities and the Scottish Government to make the purchase in 2007, with his own Prince's Charities Foundation contributing £20 million.

It had previously been in private hands and opened to the public in the summer of 2008 following intensive restoration work.

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