Xothique's Journal

November 16, 2006

The Royal Visit.

Filed under: Events,Royal / V.I.P. — Xothique @ 3:32 am

Thanks to everyone who wished me luck. Special thanks to who came to the event and sat and waited for a long time. And very special thanks to His Royal Highness, His staff and the Newport and Gwent Enterprise team, who make such dreams come true.

As many had said, Prince Charles is a very pleasant person to talk to, putting everyone at their ease, and showing a genuine interest in everybody he meets. He seemed relaxed and unhurried, and I think he gave everyone at least five minutes of his time, if not more. Of course, that brief time feels like an eternity as he gradually approaches, meeting with others along the way – and it seems to be over in seconds when he actually speaks to you!

He showed quite a lot of interest in mask-making, and asked about the various techniques for producing the finishes on the masks. My Red Dragon caught his eye, and as he took a closer look, the press saw yet another photo opportunity, as this image on the BBC site shows:

Prince Charles And The Dragon

He is laughing in the photo because I had just suggested that he might like to try the mask on… He didn’t of course, but I think he might have been tempted for a second. Naturally, the press got all the prime camera angles, but I hope to get hold of a few more pictures soon.

All in all, it was a wonderful event that seemed to go without a hitch – a very successful day for everyone involved.


  1. Great article, and I do like His smile!

    Congratulations on being presented to HRH the Prince of Wales.

    Would you consider a commission for another red dragon mask for St. David’s Day?

    Comment by inel — November 16, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  2. the BBC have called it a sculpture – that’s good!

    Comment by ladkyis — November 16, 2006 @ 11:38 am

  3. […] Helen Rich was presented to His Royal Highness yesterday for her artwork. Her business, Xothique Designs, has provided masks for events in California too […]

    Pingback by HRH the Prince of Wales and Y Ddraig Goch « transatlantic volunteer — November 18, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

  4. Very nice, Congratulations!

    Comment by LeDragon — January 15, 2007 @ 6:39 am

  5. Wow, Helen. You’ve certainly been busy! I’m so glad to see you still doing your art and showing it to Prince Charles yet! How exciting. I’m so happy for you.

    Comment by Corrie — February 23, 2007 @ 4:34 am

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