Prince of Wales tries out a VR headset while visiting an RAF base in Lincolnshire

His royal hugness! Prince of Wales shares a cuddle with young royal fans after trying out a VR headset on a visit to RAF Coningsby

  • Prince of Wales, 40, arrived at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire this afternoon
  • William was welcomed to the base by station commander Billy Cooper
  • The Prince will open a new boxing club on the base after a tour of its operations

Prince William looked dapper in a suit as he visited an RAF base this afternoon, where he will open a new boxing club.

The Prince of Wales, 40, arrived at RAF Coningsby where he will learn about the work that goes into keeping Typhoon jets in the air before officially opening the club.

The father-of-three, who served as a pilot with the Search and Rescue Force after training at the Royal Air Force college, was greeted by group captain Billy Cooper as he arrived at the Lincolnshire base upon arrival.

His royal hugness! Prince of Wales shares a cuddle with a young royal fan during a visit to RAF Coningsby

Prince of Wales tries out a VR headset

Prince William uses a VR headset

The Prince of Wales looked fascinated at virtual reality technology as he tried on a headset this afternoon during his visit to the RAF Coningsby base in Lincolnshire

The Prince of Wales smiles as he meets RAF families during a visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincoln

The Prince of Wales smiles as he meets RAF families during a visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincoln

The Prince of Wales (left) looked dapper in a suit as he was led through the RAF base, of which he is honorary air commander

The Prince of Wales (left) looked dapper in a suit as he was led through the RAF base, of which he is honorary air commander

William, who is honorary air commander of RAF Coningsby, is also due to spend time in the Air Traffic Control Center during today’s visit.

There, he will learn about Project Marshall, a multi-billion-pound equipment upgrade program of air traffic control radar services across Lincolnshire.

On display will be new technologies used by ground crews from exoskeletons to virtual reality headsets, which allow the maintenance of Typhoon jets, flown by two Typhoon squadrons based at RAF Coningsby, to be carried out more efficiently.

The Prince will also visit and officially open the new RAF Coningsby Boxing Club situated in the heart of the base.

The concentration on William's face was immeasurable as he tried to navigate the technology of the VR headset - although he looked a little confused

The concentration on William’s face was immeasurable as he tried to navigate the technology of the VR headset

The Prince of Wales chatted to staff at the RAF base as he learned about new technologies being pioneered

The Prince of Wales chatted to staff at the RAF base as he learned about new technologies being pioneered

The Prince of Wales (pictured) arrived at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire this afternoon where he is due to open a boxing club

On arrival the Prince of Wales was greeted by station commander Billy Cooper (right) who will show him around

On arrival the Prince of Wales was greeted by station commander Billy Cooper (right) who will show him around

Prince William arrived by helicopter

Prince William's helicopter

The Prince of Wales arrived at the RAF base by helicopter where he will later be shown around and will open a boxing club

Earlier this week, Prince William was forced to defend his title as Prince of Wales when acting legend Michael sheen took him to task on Twitter.

The actor criticized the royal over his message of support to the England football team as he handed out shirts to players, despite being Prince of Wales.

Posting on Twitter, Sheen said: ‘He can, of course, support whoever he likes and as President of the FA his role makes [the] visit understandable.

‘But surely he sees holding the title Prince of Wales at the same time is entirely inappropriate? Not a shred of embarrassment? Or sensitivity to the problem here?’

However on a visit to Cardiff, William hit back at the criticism and clarified his position over who he will be supporting in the 2022 World Cup.

William then hit back at Sheen, telling reporters on a visit to Cardiff that he would be supporting both England and Wales.

He said: ‘I support both. I support England more in the football, but Wales in the rugby. When I was growing up Wales didn’t get through to the tournaments but I will be supporting them all the way through the process.

‘Getting to the World Cup is a big deal and I’ll be supporting Wales through the process.’

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