MARCH 18, 2008: The Prince of Wales became a local shopkeeper yesterday as he openedhis new organic produce store. He and the Duchess of Cornwall welcomedguests to the Highgrove shop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, just twomiles from their home.

More than 700 items either sourced from Home Farm on the Prince’s estate or selected by him personally, were unveiled to an audience of local dignitaries and those who helped make the shop a reality.Among the other goods on sale are vegetables grown on the estate, including Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries.Highgrove honey, made by royal bees which forage on clover, wild berries and dandelions, is on sale for £5.95, while a mug, bearing the image of a Highgrove hen, costs £14.95.Lebanese soaps, which the Prince discovered on a foreign tour and which come from the world’s oldest factory, cost £5.95.The most expensive item on sale today was a limited edition print of a painting by the Prince himself.As with all the products on sale, the proceeds will go to his Charities Foundation.Josie Creed, part of the store’s buying team, said: “All the products can be traced back to Highgrove, and reflect his interests.“The biscuits are a great example – they are grown on Home Farm, then milled at Shipton Mill, down the road, and baked at a bakery funded by profits from the Prince’s Trust.”

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