HRH Prince Andrew is the patron of BADMINTON England but it was his royal brother Prince Charles who was on hand to inspire the Team England badminton stars after an impromptu royal visit in Glasgow yesterday.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall took extra time out of their schedule to meet Team England badminton stars Gabby Adcock, Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis as the doubles pairings made final preparations for the Commonwealth Games team and individual events.
The Royal party also observed England badminton training and met with badminton players from across the Commonweath, including competitors from Wales, Malaysia, New Zealand and hosts Scotland.
Speaking of the royal visit during training, Chris Adcock said: “It was a great honour and a fantastic surprise to turn around in our training session and then get to meet Prince Charles and Camilla.
“It was yet another great memory and an amazing part of being a Team England athlete.”
It is not the first time Prince Charles has engaged with badminton whilst on commonwealth duty.
He was photographed swinging a racket under the watchful eye of Canada's no.1 Michelle Li, who will be competing in Glasgow, whilst on a royal visit to Toronto two years ago.
The Royal party also met boxing and cycling on a tour of both the Emirates and Sir Chris Hoy velodrome on the eve of the Games.