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Royal visit to The Oval

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales recently visited The Oval to inspect the work on the ground's new pavilion development

Royal visit to The Oval - Cricket News
Prince Charles at The Oval
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales recently visited The Oval to inspect the work on the ground's new pavilion development.

The Prince took a walk through the building site, looking at the elements of the work that have currently been completed, before going into the Long Room where he met members of club staff and saw a mould of the large fleur-de-lis crest that will be incorporated into the new frontage.

The new £2m development will see the ground firmly consolidate its place as one of the finest International grounds in the world ahead of an action packed International summer of cricket including 5 ICC Champions trophy fixtures - four group games and a semi-final. See more on ICC Champions Trophy fixtures and how to buy here.

The new frontage will feature a collegiate style sweeping staircase below classic doric columns and a new south facing third floor sun terrace. The building will be decorated by a number of stone replicas of the iconic Ashes urn - which is filled with the ashes of the bails used during the famous 1882 Test Match at The Oval, the first time Australia had ever beaten England in the United Kingdom.

Speaking to Surrey TV shortly after the visit, Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said: "He does have a genuine interest in what goes on here and also a personal interest in the designs all the way through the project - so he was very keen to see it as it begins to emerge from the snow!

"He also spent some great time with the latest group from the Prince's Trust - who are all based on site - so overall it was a fantastic all round visit."

FULL ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2013 FIXTURES AT THE OVAL  

Friday June 7th - West Indies vs. Pakistan  

Tuesday June 11th - India vs. West Indies  

Thursday June 13th - England vs. Sri Lanka  

Monday June 17th - Sri Lanka vs. Australia  

Wednesday June 19th - Semi Final (Winner of Group A vs. Runner Up of Group B)

See more on ICC Champions Trophy fixtures and how to buy here.