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Prince Charles sees role of king ‘as being a long way off’ in ‘intimate’ visit to Wales

Prince Charles has returned to Wales numerous times since his investiture in 1969. He has previously spoken about his love for the nation and even spent a few months living in its Welsh-speaking heartlands, learning the language and getting to know its people and its culture. But what did Charles’ latest visit reveal about his role as Prince of Wales?

Body language expert Judi James gave her professional insight on the way the prince acted during the visit.

She said: “As Prince of Wales, Charles clearly will feel some sense of bonding as he visits here and it is clear from his body language that there were several issues or meetings that were close to his heart.”

Judi referred to Charles’ conversation with a member of St Brynach Church who showed him the place of worship’s “bleeding” yew trees – 700 year old trees with red-coloured sap.

Judi said: “His intense listening signals as he examined an ancient tree and churchyard, including brows puckered in concentration and the way he appeared to be leading the conversation at the ‘bleeding’ yew, leaning up and pointing as though keen to discover more facts, all show him looking genuinely fascinated and engaged.”

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Both Camilla and Charles visited the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where Judi said Camilla took on a “more passive role”.

“She is working with her husband to provide a very complimentary double act where he is the one in the spotlight while she offers quiet support and approval signals.

“But we can see her engaging a little more deeply and even reaching out to touch a costume at one point.”

Judi added: “Her very kindly-looking smile, with eye-crinkling and a slightly pulling down of the corners of the mouth, does provide a very attractive alternative to Charles’s sometimes intense-looking body language rituals.”

“He looks keen to create rapport in the same way that his father did, although an important part of Prince Philip’s body language was the twinkle in his eye as he challenged or questioned people, and that is a trait that Princess Anne inherited rather than her older brother.”

Judi looked more generally at the way Charles behaved during his latest Welsh visit, claiming that the prince took on a more personable persona, rather than a regal one, when in the country.

She said: “Charles has often shown a rather sombre approach to his role as future king as though it weighs very heavily on his shoulders.

“With the Queen now appearing to have gone through some kind of a renaissance recently, storming through her workload with an energy and a smile that belies her years, Charles seems to be adopting a more relaxed approach to his current role.

“This suggests that he still seems to see his role as king as being a long way off yet.”

Judi continued: “Charles has been looking more relaxed and more open to having fun on his visits than ever before.

“And this suggests he is still relishing his slightly less responsible role in the firm for as long as possible.

“There appears to be no air of impending doom settling over his body language, but instead we can see him using nudge gestures here in what appears to be an attempt to share jokes with the people he is visiting.

“There are no photos here suggesting a triumphant return to the land where he is Prince, either.

“The groups he is shown speaking to are small and when he waves at the crowd there only appears to be one person waving back.

“There appears to be an attempt to use images that present this visit as low-key and intimate rather than regal.”

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Camp overnight in incredible in a UFO spaceship themed pod in wales

Landing for business in 2015, Apple Camping offers guests an overnight stay in a saucer-shaped pod in Redberth, Wales. This themed accommodation is held up on stilts complete with a smoke machine and a night-time laser display that would make E.T. jealous. Held up by stilts, the entrance door drops down from its hinges via remote control to reveal steps in the style of a classic spaceship.

The futuristic design also extends into the pod’s interior with a dome built on top for stargazing throughout the night and eight windows inside that offer 360 degree views.

For those with a love for retro games, this spaceship includes classic arcade favourites from the 80s such as Defender and Space Invaders.

Two singles and a double bed are available to choose equipped with a kitchen area, sink, kettle, a toaster and fridge.

On the Apple Camping Instagram account, one post says the campsite allows “friends and loved ones to escape from the lunacy of our silly silly planet”.

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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit a newly restored heritage centre during Wales trip 

‘I can’t wait to get rid of these masks!’ Camilla admits she’s fed up of face coverings in candid chat with a student as she joins Prince Charles at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Glamorgan

  • Visited Llantrisant Guildhall Heritage and Visitors’ Centre in Llantrisant today
  • Charles looked smart in a navy blue pinstripe suit as he chatted with the locals 
  • Camilla looked typically stylish in a black patterned dress and nude heels on trip

The Duchess of Cornwall revealed she is looking forward to leaving her facemask at home as she told a Welsh college student: ‘I can’t wait to get rid of these’.

Camilla, 73, made the comment as she and the Prince of Wales, 72, visited the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to learn how staff and students have coped during the pandemic on day three of their week-long visit to Wales.

When the royal couple first arrived at the newly restored heritage centre, they met students and staff in the college’s foyer and the duchess told William Pearson, studying for an MA in advanced opera performance ‘I can’t wait to get rid of this’ and touched her face mask. 

The royal, who put on a stylish display in a white and black patterned dress, was also spotted with a Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker on her wrist, which helps wearers track their efforts to stay in shape. 

The Duchess of Cornwall with puppeteer Ruby Brown during a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as part of a week long tour of Wales for Wales Week

The Duchess of Cornwall with puppeteer Ruby Brown during a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as part of a week long tour of Wales for Wales Week

The Duchess of Cornwall revealed she is looking forward to leaving her facemask at home as she told a Welsh college student: 'I can't wait to get rid of these'

The Duchess of Cornwall revealed she is looking forward to leaving her facemask at home as she told a Welsh college student: ‘I can’t wait to get rid of these’

The gadget costs around £130 and has proved popular with those wanting to keep in shape during the lockdown, allowing users to monitor everything from heart rate to calories. 

Charles and Camilla were treated to performances of music and drama by the talented students who, with the help of lecturers and tutors, have managed to continue their studies at the Cardiff-based college despite Covid restrictions.

Zoe Goriely, 24, who completes an MA in acting this month, gave a heartfelt performance of a scene from Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

In the solo scene she played the character of a maid who teases her teenage ward about a love letter the young girl has received from an admirer, and at one point stamps on the pages of the note. 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with his Official Harpist, Alis Huws (pictured)

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with his Official Harpist, Alis Huws (pictured)

Prince Charles put on a dapper display in a navy pinstriped suit which he paired with smart shoes. Pictured, with his Official Harpist, Alis Huws

Prince Charles put on a dapper display in a navy pinstriped suit which he paired with smart shoes. Pictured, with his Official Harpist, Alis Huws

The Duchess of Cornwall admired costumes as she took a tour of the Costume Department during a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff

The Duchess of Cornwall admired costumes as she took a tour of the Costume Department during a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff

The Duchess of Cornwall in the Costume Department during a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff

The Duchess of Cornwall in the Costume Department during a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of Wine GB, unveils a plaque during a visit marking the 10th anniversary of the Llanerch Vineyard in Pontyclun

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of Wine GB, unveils a plaque during a visit marking the 10th anniversary of the Llanerch Vineyard in Pontyclun

The 24-year-old spoke to the prince and his wife after the performance and said later: ‘It’s lovely to be able to do what we love to do, for people who love what we do.’

Charles’ official harpist Alis Huws, who is a graduate of the college, also gave a performance before the royal couple met opera students in costume.

The prince is the college’s president and while he held a private meeting with senior executives the duchess watched a brief scene from The Flying Bedroom – an immersive children’s theatre production from a new company of music, composition and design students from the college.

As Ruby Brown cradled a puppet she chatted to Camilla who said about the performance ‘It’s brilliant’ adding: ‘I think it’s a lovely thing to do, you’re a really clever lady.’

The group of students who began working together via video calls are due to perform their show at Theatr Clwyd in north Wales in July and tour schools in the region in September. 

During their visit, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall shared a sweet moment before trying their hand at archery. 

The couple were photographed sharing a joke and looking lovingly at each other before trying their hand at archery after a quick lesson from archer, Bob Bannister.    

Prince Charles, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, looked in high spirits as they visited the newly restored Llantrisant Guildhall Heritage and Visitors' Centre in Llantrisant, Glamorgan on Wednesday

Prince Charles, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, looked in high spirits as they visited the newly restored Llantrisant Guildhall Heritage and Visitors’ Centre in Llantrisant, Glamorgan on Wednesday

Charles tried his hand at archery and was photographed holding a bow while speaking with archer, Bob Bannister

Charles tried his hand at archery and was photographed holding a bow while speaking with archer, Bob Bannister

The heir to the throne looked smart in a navy blue pinstripe suit as he engaged in conversation with locals

The heir to the throne looked smart in a navy blue pinstripe suit as he engaged in conversation with locals

The visit marked part of Wales Week, which will see the couple travel across the country (pictured, today)

The visit marked part of Wales Week, which will see the couple travel across the country (pictured, today)

Camilla looked typically stylish in a white and black patterned dress which featured panelling detail

Camilla looked typically stylish in a white and black patterned dress which featured panelling detail

The pair donned protective face coverings in adherence to government guidelines as they were given a your of the visitor centre and signed the welcome book

The pair donned protective face coverings in adherence to government guidelines as they were given a your of the visitor centre and signed the welcome book

Later, The Duchess of Cornwall praised the British wine industry and said she was glad it was ‘giving the French a run for its money’. 

Camilla was visiting the stunning Llanerch Vineyward in Pontyclun, South Wales, in her role as president of GB Wines.

The royal, whose beloved later father, Bruce Shand, worked in the wine industry, also sipped a glass of their award-winning sparking Cariad blush and declared it ‘fantastic’.

She had met the vineyard’s owner, Ryan Davies, at Buckingham Palace previously and had promised to visit when she was in the area next.

Good to her word, Camilla insisted on stopping off today she and her husband were in South Wales for their annual ‘Wales Week.’

Later, The Duchess of Cornwall praised the British wine industry and said she was glad it was 'giving the French a run for its money'

Later, The Duchess of Cornwall praised the British wine industry and said she was glad it was ‘giving the French a run for its money’

Camilla was visiting the stunning Llanerch Vineyward in Pontyclun, South Wales, in her role as president of GB Wines

Camilla was visiting the stunning Llanerch Vineyward in Pontyclun, South Wales, in her role as president of GB Wines

She was presented with posies on arrival by Mr Davies’ two daughters, Holly, 18 months, and three-year-old Lilia.

After dashing in for a quick bite to eat in the vineyard’s new restaurant and viewing its hotel, she meet with a range of local producers who supply it with everything from milk to coffee and free-range eggs.

She also admired its wedding facilities and praised Mr Davies, 34, who bought the vineyard when it was in receivership ten years ago and has worked his fingers to the bone to turn it into a thriving business, producing 12,000 bottles upwards a year of Cariad – meaning love in Welsh – sparking wine and rose.

Mr Davies explained to her that he was a geologist and entrepreneur by trade and took a huge risk taking over the estate – the oldest vineyard in Wales – at the age of just 24.

The royal couple were shown exhibitions within the centre and took time to speak to staff while they were there

The royal couple were shown exhibitions within the centre and took time to speak to staff while they were there 

The royals unveiled a new plaque during the visit which was propped up on a stand (pictured)

The royals unveiled a new plaque during the visit which was propped up on a stand (pictured)

‘You should be very proud of yourself,’ she said admiringly.

And with a twinkle in her eye, she made very clear that in the interests of duty she would be more than delighted to try his produce for herself.

‘Before I go can I congratulate you on the wonderful job you have done here with this incredible vineyard,’ she said.

‘I know you started knowing nothing about it and have learnt a lot in a short space of time.

‘As president of Wines GB, I am so proud to be part of the wine growing industry in the UK. Ive been to quite a lot of vineyard – 600, I think so far – and I intend to visit as many as I possibly can. We are really getting it right in this country and giving the French a run for their money.

‘Many congratulations.’

There was just enough time to plant a vine and unveil a plaque before the duchess, with a wink to the media, said she was hopeful that there would be someone to volunteer to drink the rest of her bottle.

Afterwards Mr Davies said: ‘The duchess is a lovely woman and we are so proud and pleased to have her here today and working on our behalf as president of Wines GB.’

Dancers put on a show outside the new building, much to the dleight of the royals who watched the performance

Dancers put on a show outside the new building, much to the dleight of the royals who watched the performance

Charles even tried his hand at some archery and was snapped holding a bow while chatting to archer Bob Bannister

Charles even tried his hand at some archery and was snapped holding a bow while chatting to archer Bob Bannister

Yesterday, the couple took solo trips, with Camilla enjoying an ice cream as she met with local business owners to celebrate the Hay Festival.

She opted for an all blue outfit as she chatted with locals while on a tour of tour independent shops and local businesses.

Camilla was without Charles, who tested out a hydrogen-powered car when visiting the manufacturer behind the eco-friendly vehicle.

He toured Riversimple, a hydrogen-powered car manufacturer in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, as part of his week-long trip to Wales. 

The heir to the throne, who donned a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, looked sharp in a grey suit with a purple tie for his visit. 

On arrival at the company, Prince Charles visited the workshop where he saw a number of vehicles and discovered more about the production process.

The royal spoke to engineers and technicians about the cars, before taking the wheel of a green-coloured Rasa model – which is a lightweight, two-seat electric vehicle powered by hydrogen. 

Taking it for a test-drive, Charles heard how the Rasa emits nothing but pure water vapour and is designed to minimise the particulates from tyres and brakes with its low weight, skinny tyres and high regenerative braking. 

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Wales’ Gower Peninsula boasts majestic views and natural beauty

After the tedium of a long drive, the sight of the Gower Peninsula in West Wales instantly eradicates any feelings of tiredness and you want to embrace the panoramic scenery. We had switched from the M4 to the coastal road approaching Swansea, and stopped at the seaside city – dramatically transformed in recent years – before winding our way to the Oxwich Bay Hotel and its incredible beach views.

We’ve visited the hotel on several occasions, lured by excellent surfing conditions for our teenagers, and fabulous coastal walks for us – never disappointing, whatever the weather.

We stayed in the hotel’s Secret Garden, housing six modern accommodation pods. They are small but comfortable, and an enjoyable alternative to traditional hotel accommodation. The staff worked wonders to keep them spotlessly clean – no mean feat after we returned somewhat grubby after a day in the great outdoors.

The hotel itself, a former rectory, prides itself on offering a warm Welsh welcome and tasty food using locally sourced ingredients. To set you up for the day I’d recommend the Welsh full breakfast with laverbread, a traditional delicacy made from seaweed.

You’ll certainly need your energy for surfing on the amazing Rhossili Bay. Our instructor, Guy Richards, has a friendly and easy-going manner that is perfect for beginners. And if you’re less than agile on the waves there are always the views to admire.

After a morning of strenuous activity, we had an excellent lunch at The Bay on top of Rhossili cliffs.  

In the afternoon, we explored the endless expanse of coastal paths.

Part of the appeal of this rugged coastline is that you can easily avoid the crowds. We took a stroll to the rocky promontory known as Worm’s Head, where poet Dylan Thomas was once stranded when he misjudged the tides.

Two of his short stories, Extraordinary Little Cough and Who Do You Wish Was With Us? were inspired by his love of this “very beautiful peninsula, some miles from the blowsy town and so far the tea-shop philistines have not spoilt the most beautiful of its bays”.

The “dry spiked bushes” of gorse and “its spring board grass, monstrous thick grass that made us spring heeled” that he described can still be experienced in all their magnificence thanks to the National Trust, which has fiercely protected the natural beauty of this special spot.

Thomas’s stay on Worm’s Head moved him to write: “Why don’t we live here always? Always and always. Build a bloody house and live like bloody kings”, before adding laconically: “It’s too wild for a townee.” 

Thankfully, our evening meal at the Beach House was only a short stroll away. Welsh TV chef Hywel Griffith opened the restaurant five years ago. The proud holder of a Michelin Star, his food is spectacular. It is worth a visit for the bread and butter alone.

But you can’t visit Wales and not eat the lamb – it was sublime. We savoured every mouthful in the contemporary interior before drinking the last of our wine on the terrace with its fabulous views across Oxwich and Three Cliffs.

The following morning, a crystal-blue sky was the perfect backdrop to take in the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay beach, a mix of sand dunes, salt marsh, and the three limestone cliffs.Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins is a fan of the area, saying: “I grew up on the edge of the Gower, but it was still a holiday place for our family. We’d go on weekend breaks to Three Cliffs Bay – six miles down the road! 

“That’s how gorgeous it is. It still takes my breath away.”

No one admiring the view from the ruined 12th-century Norman Pennard Castle could possibly disagree.

We stopped off at another Gower institution, the Pennard Stores, serving local delicacies from seaweed caviar and oysters to delicious cakes.

Our short weekend visit to Gower and Wales will be repeated, and often. It is one of the world’s most beautiful locations. So avoid the uncertainty of overseas travel with a staycation here – you won’t be disappointed.

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Beach in Wales named most photogenic spot in the UK – ‘slice of Welsh paradise’

Those travellers looking for a relaxing seaside spot to enjoy breathtaking sunsets during a staycation will want to visit one of UK’s dreamiest beaches. But which one is the best? A recent study has revealed Wales as the location with the most photogenic beach in the country.

Although Tenby North Beach crowns the list in the UK, it is closely followed by Margate Beach, in Kent, and Durdle Door, in Dorset – some very popular seaside spots.

According to the worldwide ranking, Kelingking Beach in Bali is the world’s most picturesque beach, but beautiful Tenby North Beach comes seventh on the global list.

Tenby North Beach

Tenby North Beach is considered “a slice of Welsh paradise.”

Surrounded by pastel-coloured houses and magnificent cliffs, the beach is the perfect spot to enjoy the Welsh sun on a summer day.

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Margate Beach

Margate can get very crowded on a hot summer day but is a lovely seaside spot surrounded by colourful huts and next to a charming town.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a very famous landmark in the UK and one of the most shared beaches on Instagram.

The natural arch formation is usually compared to Nusa Penida Beach, in Bali.

The remote location won’t offer a lot of entertainment, but tranquillity will be found if that’s what you are after.

The Most Beautiful Beaches in the UK

1.Tenby North Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales 

2.Margate Beach, Kent, England 

3.Durdle Door, Dorset, England 

4.Brighton Beach, Sussex, England 

5.Daymer Day Beach, Cornwall, England 

6.Caswell Bay, Swansea, Wales 

7.Pedn Vounder, Cornwall, England 

8.Achmelvich Beach, Sutherland, Scotland

9.Crooklets Beach, Bude, England 

10.Bigbury-on-Sea Beach 

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Gareth Bale walks out of interview after Wales lose 4-0 to Denmark at Euro 2020

Wales captain Gareth Bale sounded off on his side’s resounding defeat against Denmark in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

But the Real Madrid man ended the post-match interview on a sour note as he walked away when asked about his future.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Wales’ 4-0 defeat by the Danes, Bale shared his take on Wales’ performance and admitted that the night was a huge disappointment.

“Yeah, of course. Not how we wanted the game to go,” he said. 

“From our point of view, we started very well the first 25 minutes, then conceded a goal and the game changed a bit. 

“I think we came out second half trying to play and and conceded, which I guess killed the momentum on our side. 

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“To finish the game how we did is disappointing, but the boys are frustrated, the boys are angry, it’s understandable. 

“And I’d rather we go out like that, kicking and screaming, than laying off and doing nothing.”

Bale also bemoaned the decision not to award wales a foul on Kieffer Moore in the build-up to Denmark’s second goal as he suggested the referee was swayed by the packed stands full of Danish fans in Amsterdam.

“Yeah definitely, if you play the ball through the back of someone it’s a foul,” he said. 

“I felt like the referee maybe have been influenced by all the supporters here. 

“But I guess it is what it is. There’s no point making excuses now. It’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“We missed an opportunity but what we can’t fault is the effort the boys have shown, and that’s the minimum requirement from the squad and I’m proud of them all, still.”

But, when Bale was asked about his international future, the skipper turned and walked away.

It was the final statement of frustration after a frustrating night for Bale, who struggled to influence the game in Wales’ favour as Denmark ran out clear winners.

Bale’s international future has been a topic of much speculation, with the Real Madrid star helping usher in an exciting new era for Welsh football during his career.

But there have been suggestions he could hang up his boots, at international level at least, after Euro 2020.

But the delayed running of the European Championships means the World Cup is only 18 months away, and former Wales skipper Ashley Williams is hopeful that, once the disappointment has subsided, Bale can be persuaded to stay on to lead the young Welsh side through qualification and, hopefully, into the World Cup finals.

“What I think he has done is lead a group of young players without any experience of playing at a major tournament and got us out of the group stage,” he said.

“In the situations we needed him to step up in, he stepped up in, he did exactly what he needed to do as the captain of the team.

“This is Gareth Bale, so warm, friendly and welcoming. Our little traditions when they have to sing, he keeps that going.

“For Wales, as a team and a nation, we want to see him at a World Cup”

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Wales told they must shake off their underdog tag to beat Denmark in Euro 2020 clash

Wales will have to shake off their status as underdogs if they are to beat Denmark and reach the quarter finals of Euro 2020, according to Mark Hughes. Robert Page’s side face a difficult task against the Danes in the last 16 in Amsterdam this evening, but are arguably no longer considered outsiders at major tournaments.

Wales reached the semi-final of Euro 2016 and have an impressive recent record following their progression from Group A.

Page’s side went through in second place behind Italy thanks to a 1-1 draw with Switzerland and a 2-0 win over Turkey and have been rewarded with a winnable fixture in Amsterdam.

COVID-19 travel restrictions have prevented any Wales fans from travelling to the Netherlands, but supporters from nearby Denmark will be out in force in The Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening game of the tournament against Finland has united the footballing world behind the Danes and Wales right-back Connor Roberts believes “99 per cent of the world” will be cheering for them.

Former Stoke City manager Hughes played for Wales between 1984 and 1999 and thinks Page’s side need to embrace their changed status.

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Turkey had the vast majority of the support in nearby Baku, but Wales still rallied to pick up a crucial win thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Roberts.

“I think from the team’s perspective it’ll have to be that siege mentality,” Williams said.

“That’s what it sounds like they have created inside the camp and that’s quite powerful really.

“We went to Baku and with a lot of Turkey fans I think and we performed our best yet and if we create that siege mentality and use it to our advantage then all the better for Wales.”

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Gareth Bale takes cheeky dig at Aaron Ramsey as Wales close in on Euro 2020 knockout stage

Bale was also grateful to play in front of a crowd in Baku and paid tribute to the small number of visiting Welsh fans.

He said: “Yeah [the atmosphere] actually helped because playing in front of no fans is difficult to get your adrenaline going and really push to get to the levels that you need to get to.

“So the fans were fantastic, I know most of them were Turkish, but the Welsh fans were incredible again.

“There weren’t many but they made it loud and they made us keep going.

“They’re the Red Wall, obviously we want to thank the fans at home for supporting us as well and I’m sure they’ll be cheering in their millions tonight.”

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Aldi: Big change to all stores in England & Wales from today – but customers unimpressed

Aldi changes and updates its supermarket rules often. Its latest update is to do with store opening hours, but some customers are unimpressed with the move.

“So you can stock up on all of your essential supplies ahead of the games!”

The Euros’ first game kicked off on Friday, June 11, and the British nations are playing this weekend.

Wales went head-to-head against Switzerland yesterday, while England will play against Croatia today, June 12.

Scotland will play against the Czech Republic tomorrow, June 13.

Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said earlier this week: “We can’t wait for the football to kick off this weekend and want to help our customers enjoy the tournament as much as possible.

“Opening earlier will give fans more time to stock up on the great quality Aldi bargains they need to enjoy the football.”

However, when Aldi announced the move on Friday, June 11, some shoppers were unimpressed with the decision.

One customer wrote on Facebook: “Sunday browsing in Aldi stores is unnecessary.”

Another person said: “Not really necessary surely, most folk know what they want when they’re doing their weekly shop – no need for ‘browsing time’, I’d rather be in and out asap.”

One shopper wrote: “What a daft idea.”

Another customer said: “What a silly decision.”

One person wrote: “What a brilliant idea, more customers frustrated as they cannot be served until 10am and less time to stock the shelves. Thanks.”

However, other customers were happy with the new initiative.

One person said: “Love this!”

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Gareth Bale raises major transfer question as Wales are held by Switzerland at Euro 2020

It was a quiet afternoon for Bale in Baku as Wales struggled to break down Switzerland throughout proceedings.

His most notable contribution was a free-kick delivery on the half hour mark which drifted out of play, with no one able to make a connection with the cross into the box.

The 31-year-old was the star of the show for Wales at Euro 2016, scoring three goals and providing one assist as the Dragons shocked the footballing world by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.

But Bale showed no signs of grabbing the game by the scruff of its neck as he did at the previous tournament, with Daniel James offering more of a threat throughout the game.

October 2019 was the last time that Bale scored for his national side, a further reminder that the influence of the Wales captain is on the decline.

Potential buyers will not have been inspired by this display and could be having second thoughts over considering a deal.

Madrid will be keen to shift Bale out of the club this summer, the question is whether or not the interest will be there.

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