Prince Philip was presented with an exclusive hooded jumper at an Essex youth club.
The 86-year-old royal was given the jumper, commonly known as a ‘hoodie’ and worn by teenagers throughout the country, at Dagenham’s Ab Phab club – which caters for both disabled and able-bodied children.
When designer, and club member, Connor Bentley presented the prince with the garment, which features a lion wearing a crown with HRH (His Royal Highness) written underneath, Philip looked bemused but eventually started laughing when he realised what is was.
Connor said: “I think the prince really liked it!”
The prince was also treated to children singing on a karaoke machine, and a unique version of volleyball using inflatable balls.
Tim Baggs, information and marketing manager of the Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham, said: “The children actually felt important. With Prince Philip coming down and talking to them, they felt really special. It was so jolly and informal. He was wondering how the karaoke machine worked. He was staring at it for a couple of minutes.
“Sometimes the youngsters can be wary of new people but he was so ordinary. You wouldn’t have thought he was anyone special. He was just like your granddad!”