Prince Charles and Camilla tame the Beano's Bash Street Kids

Royal couple meet comic's unruly stars in latest edition – even getting them to eat their greens and read books

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall acquired some rather unusual prints to add to their collection when they took a trip to Bash Street, home of the Beano.

The couple were immortalised as cartoons in the latest edition of the comic, persuading Smiffy and the gang into eating their greens and reading books.

The royals were presented with framed prints during a visit to publishing company DC Thomson & Co in Dundee, where they started the firm's new printing press. The special edition sees them meet Dennis the Menace, Roger the Dodger et al in Beanotown's Bash Street School.

The storylines were designed to reflect the royals' interests. Charles is pictured dropping into the school canteen and finding the food inedible, persuading the kids to put their pea shooters to good use as seed planters to grow their own.

Camilla, meanwhile, opens the school's new library, convincing the unruly pupils that reading is fun.

The Beano's editor, Craig Graham, said he hoped the prints would make it on to the couple's mantelpiece. "Often we're a little bit nervous because we do, by the nature of things, have to caricature people.

"But they were both absolutely delighted with their likenesses and hugely impressed to be involved with characters like Dennis the Menace and Roger the Dodger".

The Prince of Wales manages to get the Bash Street Kids to eat more healthily
The Prince of Wales manages to get the Bash Street Kids to eat more healthily. Photograph: DC Thomson & Co/PA Photograph: DC Thomson & Co/PA

They are not the first royals to make the strip. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge featured last year.


Caroline Davies

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