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Prince meets British Legion bikers

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Scores of motorcyclists from the Royal British Legion rode into the grounds of Clarence House last week for a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales.

Around 80 members of the Royal British Legion's Riders Branch came to the royal residence to meet Charles, who extended the invitation after meeting some of them at an event in Wootton Bassett last year.

The Prince, who chatted with the bikers and posed for pictures, looked like he might soon be enquiring about bike insurance after he tried out one of the machines parked in the garden.

While he sat on the Yamaha Venture Star 1300 one of the motorcyclists turned on the engine and heavy metal music blared out, much to the amusement of the Prince.

Formed in 2004 when an ex-services motorcycle club was officially recognised by the Royal British Legion, the Riders Branch now has 4,250 members around the world.

Some of the motorcyclists arrived for the reception clad in leather and wearing their service medals. They were invited to a garden party, which had to be moved indoors because of the rain.

© Press Association 2011