Prince Charles delivered on what may become the iconic photo op of his Canadian tour Tuesday morning while on a tour of Charlottetown’s Holland College.

The prince was meeting with students in the heritage retrofit program. Students are currently working on windows and doors for an old water pumping station in Charlottetown.

Prince Charles looked over various projects, and stopped at a large wooden mallet used to hammer wooden pegs. He swung it toward the ground, pretending it was a croquet mallet. He then hoisted the mallet above his head.

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Prince Charles tries out a large mallet while engaging with Holland College students who are working on projects related to urban development and sustainability. (Canadian Press)

"This is what they've been waiting for," Charles said when the flash of cameras erupted.

After touring the workshop the prince met with local business leaders, and then unveiled a plaque outside the college where about 200 people had gathered.

Duchess visits seniors home

While Prince Charles was at Holland College Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the Prince Edward Home, a newly opened 120-bed residential healthcare facility for seniors in Charlottetown.

She met with residents and commented on blueberry pie some residents were eating, musing she might get a doggy-bag to take a piece with her.

The duchess was given a tour of a wing of the home by residents’ council president Bernie Wilson.


She observed an exercise class and a kitchen area and posed for pictures with residents and a therapy dog named Bucko.

The duchess sat down for tea with Kate Ellis Ghiz, wife of P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz, and listened to a children's choir from West Kent Elementary School.

Before departing she was presented a painting of a lighthouse, which was painted by resident Rachael Borland.