He's feeling a right Charlie

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I was just thanking him on his way out. I didn't think about it at the time, he's such a natural bloke." So said Malcolm Poppy,of the Royal Oak in...

I was just thanking him on his way out. I didn't think about it at the time, he's such a natural bloke." So said Malcolm Poppy,of the Royal Oak in Ripon, after laying a hand on Prince Charles' shoulder. Poppy's impromptu action came when the heir to the throne visited the pub after receiving the freedom of the North Yorkshire city last week. It was the second time the Prince had popped into the Royal Oak ­ the first time was in 1993 and led to Poppy naming part of the pub Charlie's Bar, in honour of the visit. The latest Royal visit lasted about 10 minutes and Poppy said: "He asked me how business was and also wanted to know how the town was doing. He tried to have a word with most people in the pub." The Morning Advertiser can reveal that the Prince's tipple was 18-year-old Glenmorangie, but he didn't ask for it by name. He simply said "yes" to the barmaid's question: "Do you want the same as last time?" As Charles was leaving, Poppy remarked: "Come in any time and have a drink on the house.

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