SLIDESHOW: New royal grandad in town on big day

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Prince Charles visited a food processing plant near Pontefract on Monday - the day he became a grandfather.

The Prince of Wales met farmers and staff at Dovecote Park in Stapleton just hours before his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the 8lb 60z baby boy at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

The Prince of Wales visit's Dovecote Park and meet farmers and staff. Stapleton, Pontefract

The Prince of Wales visit's Dovecote Park and meet farmers and staff. Stapleton, Pontefract

The Prince showed his sense of humour during the wait for the royal arrival as he thanked well-wishers for their support for his “slowly-approaching grandfatherhood.”

As Prince Charles arrived at Dovecote Park, which produces all meat for the retailer Waitrose, including its Duchy brand, he was welcomed by staff including technical director Peter Boyes.

Mr Boyes said they discussed sustainability and animal welfare in farming.

Mr Boyes said: “He’s fascinated with it because he does have cattle.”

After a tour of the plant the Prince of Wales unveiled a commemorative plaque.

He said: “I’m very grateful indeed for the kind wishes for my rather slowly-approaching grandfatherhood.

“Some of you may realise that with grandfatherhood comes, in four months’ time, old age pensionerhood.”

He also thanked staff at Dovecote Park for their support for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

He said: “It’s a jolly good place is Pontefract with a remarkable hospice which plays such an important part within the community in this part of Yorkshire.”

Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, said the company was delighted to welcome the prince to Dovecote Park.

The site employs 600 staff.