He rarely puts a foot wrong but the Prince of Wales had an unfortunate misstep today when he trod in a fresh cow pat.

The Prince, 72, was engrossed in a conversation about South Devon cattle when he realised he had put his foot in it at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Cattle judge Anne Tully, from Brixham, Devon, said afterwards: "I told him that was luck, that’s what we always say.”

The Prince, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, spent three hours touring the agricultural show in Harrogate.

Organic farming is one of his passions and he appeared engrossed in the show ring, inspecting prize-winning cattle and, later, sheep.

Prince Charles speaks with attendees as he visits the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, northern England

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Meanwhile, the Duchess was pictured holding a hedgehog, patting the head of a gnome named Charles and bemusedly chatting to a woman who had a chicken on her head.

Prince Charles later came face to face with champion 1,550kg Hereford bull Moralee One Rebel Kicks, owned by Tom and Di Harrison from Stocksfield, Northumberland.

Mr Harrison said later: "I could have talked to him for an hour.

"He is very knowledgeable and I would have liked to have bought him a pint."

Earlier, the Prince was given a warm welcome by horse trader and father-of-six Red Lee Smith, who spotted him in the crowd and gave him a booming hello as he walked by.

The gypsy, from Dublin, is currently staying in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and told the heir to the throne that he was visiting the show with his family.

After asking: "Can I get a photo with Mr Charles?" Mr Smith told the Prince: "You’re looking well."

Charles replied: "Not too bad yourself."

As they parted Mr Smith wished him "God bless".

He said afterwards: "He’s all right. I’ve met him before. I’ve met Harry a few times too."

The Prince stopped for selfies with some groups and chatted to fruit seller Ollie Fuller, who gave him a punnet of strawberries from Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

He spoke to Hannah Richardson, from Ripon, who brought her eight-month-old baby Phoebe to the show.

Mrs Richardson said: "I can’t believe she has met the prince – this is the first big event she has been to because of lockdown."