Prince Charles greets crowds as he officially opens Hay Castle

Prince Charles, who's the Prince of Wales, has been in Hay-on-Wye today

(Thursday) to officially open the castle which can now be visited by the public for the first time in its 900-year history.

Opening in May to coincide with the Hay Festival, the world-renowned literary event,

the official opening saw The Prince of Wales arrive in the Market Square, welcomed by the sound of Brecon Town Band.

He greeted the crowds of well-wishers, waving as people young and old turned out to catch a glimpse.

He then climbed the stairs to the main gate, where he will hear from a timber

conservationist about the recent restoration works before

opening the gate and thereby officially opening the refurbished castle.

He entered the castle and toured the Portraits of Writers display.