King Charles comments on craftsmanship and apprenticeships in the guise of a repair shop

King Charles III appeared on The repair shop in a special episode to celebrate the BBC’s centenary last night (26 October). And viewers were thrilled to see the king’s appreciation for learning and craftsmanship.

Filmed between the fall of 2021 and March 2022, before Her Majesty’s accession to the throne, the episode sees the now-monarch select two items for repair. This includes a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and an 18th century stand clock.

The repair shop Presenter Jay Blades, MBE, said: “You have someone from a municipal estate and someone from a royal estate who have the same interests in learning and heritage craftsmanship and it’s amazing to seeing that two people so far apart, from different ends of the spectrum, actually have the same interests.”

During the show, The repair shop the cast visited Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland to meet the then Prince of Wales.

Jay toured the estate with Her Majesty, meeting students from the Prince’s Foundation Building Crafts program, where they learn traditional skills like blacksmithing, stone carving and woodcarving.

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Prince Charles at the time said: “I still think the big tragedy is the lack of vocational education in schools. In fact, not everyone is designed for college.

“But you see, I know from the Prince’s Trust. I’ve seen the difference we can make to people who have technical skills, which we constantly need. I have the greatest admiration for people.

Commenting that “learnings are vital,” Her Majesty’s appreciation for learning craftsmanship resonated with many who watched the show.

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The fair also saw collections director Satinder Kaur give furniture restorer Will Kirk, ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay and watchmaker Steve Fletcher a tour of the 18th century furniture and decorative arts collection. century, which is in Dumfries House.

Additionally, Building Craft graduate Jeremy Cash traveled to the repair shop to team up with metallurgy expert Dom Chinea to restore a lit fire in the shape of a soldier.

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BBC editor Julie Shaw said: “This is an incredibly special program that has the magic that Repair Shop viewers have come to know and love. People will see the former Prince of Wales as you rarely see him – and he’s as captivated by the skill of the team working on his items as any of our repair shop visitors. The episode is a real treat and we hope people enjoy it as much as we do.”

If you missed last night’s show, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer


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