The Repair Shop: King Charles III shares sweet reason why his family loves clocks

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26 Oct 2022, 08:21

Jay Blades and King Charles III

Credit: BBC

King Charles III is set to appear on The Repair Shop this evening to fix two special items belonging to his family.

A new sneak peek of the episode has been released by the BBC and shows the King talking about his love of clocks and the sweet reason behind it.

He explained it was something that started with his grandmother, the Queen Mother and said: "To me, I just love the sound, the tick-tock but also if they chime, that’s why I love grandfather clocks. I find it rather reassuring in a funny way and they become really special parts of the house… the beating heart of it. So that’s why they matter to me.

The King continued: "I’m afraid it is something I learnt from my grandmother, she had great fun putting a few together and trying to get them to chime at the same time in the dining room, which made it very enjoyable because everybody had to stop talking.”

At the time of filming, the King was still the Prince of Wales and brought two items to the Repair Shop HQ to be fixed. The first was an 18th century bracket clock and the second a piece made Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee by British ceramics maker Wemyss Ware.

King Charles revealed that the clock became damaged after falling over when someone opened a window. He joked: “They didn’t own up.”

In the clip, it appears Kirsten Ramsay, Steve Fletcher and Will Kirk will be stepping up to restore the precious items- so they should be in good hands.

Speaking about having the King on the show, presenter Jay Blades said: "You’ve got someone from a council estate and someone from a Royal estate that have the same interests about apprenticeships and heritage crafts and it is unbelievable to see that two people from so far apart, from different ends of the spectrum, actually have the same interests."

This comes after the BBC show welcomed actress Dame Judi Dench to a special live session of the programme at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August.

Dame Judi became emotional as The Repair Shop team managed to fix a watch that she had given as a present to her late husband, Michael Williams.

The Repair Shop with King Charles III will air on 26th October at 8pm on BBC One.