The Repair Shop: This is how King Charles likes his cup of tea – revealed at Sussex

King Charles and Jay Blades at The Repair Shop filmed near Chichester (Credit: BBC)King Charles and Jay Blades at The Repair Shop filmed near Chichester (Credit: BBC)
King Charles and Jay Blades at The Repair Shop filmed near Chichester (Credit: BBC)
King Charles appeared on BBC One’s The Repair Shop last week, with viewers learning more about the Monarch – including how he takes his tea.

The King – who at the time of filming was the Prince of Wales – was seen at Dumfries House in Scotland and he visited The Repair Shop at the Weald & Downland Living Museum near Chichester.

And we learned that he takes his tea – Earl Grey – with honey and a splash of milk.

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The Repair Shop team were seen mending two precious items chosen by the monarch - a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and a 18th century clock.

King Charles and Jay Blades at The Repair Shop filmed near Chichester (Credit: BBC)King Charles and Jay Blades at The Repair Shop filmed near Chichester (Credit: BBC)
King Charles and Jay Blades at The Repair Shop filmed near Chichester (Credit: BBC)

The episode was mostly praised by TV critics, who enjoyed learning more about the new King.

The Telegraph said: “Watching the team restore such treasures as an 18th-century clock and a Victorian vase, personally selected by the King, was a delight.”

He was described as ‘wonderfully relaxed’ and the rapport between the King and host Jay Blades was met with approval.

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"Bonded by their mutual passion, Blades and the Prince immediately struck up a rapport. The lad from Hackney and the heir to the throne weren’t so different,” the reviewer writes.

"The worst faux pas was Jay's insistence on manhandling his visitor. He laid a chummy hand on his shoulder, he slapped his back, he steered him around like he was pushing a supermarket trolley,” the writer said.

But ‘two can play at the cheeky chappie game’, noted the reader, describing how the King told Blades: 'You've got a barn, I've got a barn, we could have a barn dance,' with a twinkle in his eye.

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The Independent says of The King: He’s a fairly natural performer, and by now his various ticks – pulling at his cufflinks, hand in and out of jacket pocket, continually pointing at things – have a kind of reassuring quality. He’s even game enough to let Blades nudge him playfully as they josh one another about the size of their barns, like a couple of schoolboys.”

However, The Guardian’s reviewer wasn’t so impressed with the episode, describing the ‘bizarreness of the King’s Repair Shop cameo’, concluding: “It proves one thing: the show’s far more enjoyable when it sticks to normal people.”