Prince Charles makes royal visit to Glastonbury
Glastonbury (UK): Prince Charles charmed
revellers at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Thursday, as they
gear up for a weekend of top acts at the world's largest
He was surrounded by music-lovers as he arrived on the
second day of the event in southwest England, this year
celebrating its 40th anniversary.
"He asked me how the food was. This is amazing, I wasn't
expecting to see him today," said Jack Rogers, 27, from
London, while others shouted "We love you, Charles" as the
prince made his way round the field.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, dressed in a striped
shirt and chinos, said it was a typical Glastonbury welcome.
"They're a classless society," he said. "The prince seems to
be really enjoying his visit."
Over 170,000 people are expected to attend the festival,
which is renowned for attracting the planet's most revered
musicians as well as encouraging more left-field and
underground performance artists.
Organiser Eavis, 74, received a blow when Irish rock
megastars U2, who were due to headline the main Pyramid Stage
on Friday, pulled out after frontman Bono injured his back.
Stepping into the breach are Gorillaz, the hip-hop
influenced side-project of Blur singer Damon Albarn.
Other heavyweights performing this year are US soul
pioneer Stevie Wonder, rapper Snoop Dogg, Latino superstar
Shakira, American quartet Vampire Weekend, country icon Willie
Nelson and rockers Muse, who headline on Saturday.