King Charles (73) was seen on the BBC program "The Repair Shop" on Wednesday evening. To mark the station's centenary, he was presented with a mug that read "HRH" (for "His Royal Highness") at the start. In the special, the now-king was also able to watch the show's team of experts restore two royal objects of his choice: an 18th-century clock and a piece of ceramics from the time of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (1819-1901).
In a preview shared on social media, The Repair Shop host Jay Blades, 52, made two cups of tea just before meeting the monarch and spoke about how much it meant to him to be the current king got on the show. "It has been my honor to restore these items for a man who loves traditional crafts as much as we do," Blades said in a voiceover.
"This is a very special show with the magic viewers have come to know and love from 'Repair Shop'," said BBC editor Julie Shaw in a statement ahead of the king's appearance on the show. "Viewers will see the former Prince of Wales in a way rarely seen - and he's just as mesmerized by the skill of the team working on his items as any of our Repair Shop viewers. The episode is a real one treat."
The royal episode was filmed before Charles ascended the throne following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) last month - by now his mug would be inscribed 'HM' for 'His Majesty'. "The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit" was probably one of his last television appearances in his former royal role as the Prince of Wales.