Arriving at the theatre to a ripple of applause just before 11.30am, the prince shook hands with local dignitaries before being ushered inside, where he was treated to an extract of Henry IV Part I performed by 14 local schoolchildren.

The prince, who is President of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was then taken up the road to KES where he visited Shakespeare’s classroom and watched children from Alveston Primary School in Tudor dress have a Latin lesson.

He signed the school’s visitor book, spoke to a number of pupils in the chapel’s courtyard and then officially reopened the renovated Guild Chapel and unveiled the new organ. Prince Charles himself made a donation to the organ back in 2007-08.

The prince then visited the Shakespeare Hospice to officially open their young people’s hub.

It was a particularly proud moment for hospice founder and trustee Francis Prentice who was presented with his MBE by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle in October 2012.

It was then that Mr Prentice invited the prince to come to Stratford and enjoy “a cup of tea” when he could. And that’s precisely what happened as Prince Charles sat down and chatted with patients and staff over afternoon tea.

Stratford actor David Bradley, who recently won a Bafta, was also a guest.

The prince then visited Warwick School, where he heard a performance from the choir, before going to Warwick Castle.

In the evening, he is returning to Stratford to watch Henry IV, Part I at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

•For a full report and more pictures, see the Herald on Thursday.