The visit, organised by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), saw the royal couple welcomed to Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery where they met its staff, students and graduates.
They viewed a range of student work, including jewellery clocks and watches and also met a group of senior figures from the city and the university, including vice-chancellor Cliff Allan, head of the School of Jewellery Gaynor Andrews and executive dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Media, professor David Roberts.
The royals left with a glittering keepsake after alumnus Jack Row – who graduated in 2009 and continues to work in the quarter – presented them with limited edition handcrafted silver fountain pens.
Row said: “It was a great privilege to meet both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwell in the prestigious surroundings of the School of Jewellery. It was even more of a pleasure to present them with matching silver pens, which are hand-made in the Jewellery Quarter, on behalf of Birmingham City University and the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust.”