At lunchtime on Wednesday 12th March 2003, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales arrived in Penrith to make a much awaited visit to the Toffee Shop. On his arrival the Prince was greeted by a group of children who had gathered outside their school in Brunswick Road.
As an existing customer of the Toffee Shop through his business at Highgrove, the Prince was very keen to see the Fudge and Toffee being made, showing a special interest in the ingredients used.
Having been shown round the kitchen, H.R.H was asked if he would like to have a go at stirring the pans which he enthusiastically accepted.
On leaving the kitchen, H.R.H made his way into the packing room, seeing how the toffee was broken into pieces and wrapped individually by hand. He paid special attention to an order for his shop at Highgrove that was being packed on the day of his visit.
Before leaving the shop, the Prince was asked if he would unveil a much larger version of the wooden spoon that he had used earlier to stir the fudge pans - both to commemorate his visit and also to re-open the shop after it had been refurbished
Mr John Rudd who kindly makes the wooden spoons on a regular basis for the Toffee Shop had specially made the spoon
On Friday 28th March, the Toffee Shop received its second royal visitor in the same month when H.R.H. Prince Andrew called in while staying in the county. The Prince purchased some fudge for Mothers' Day and added his name next to that of his brother in the visitors book.