Crowds thronged the seafront in St Ives yesterday as King Charles and Queen Camilla paid a visit to the town, to mark the 30th anniversary of Tate St Ives.

King Charles Queen Camilla

As Prince Charles, the King officially opened the gallery 30 years ago in June, with builders still micing cement, laying bricks, and putting the finishing touches to paintwork 12 hours before the opening ceremony was due to take place.

On this return visit, the royal couple first visited the Barbara Hepworth Studio and Sculpture Garden before taking a walkabout in town.

They also met some Coronation Champions, people reconised for their outstanding voluntary contributions to local life, and the St Ives RNLI crew. Queen Elizabeth was patron of the RNLI from 1952 until her death last year.

Also present were choristers from Truro Cathedral, some of whom had sung at the Coronation in May.

Truro Cathedral Choir
Members of Truro Cathedral Choir with Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Col Edward Bolitho OBE
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