- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 6, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, yesterday attended services in a tiny rural church near San Francisco before an evening of theater in the city as they continued the eclectic California half of their U.S. tour.

The prince and the Duchess of Cornwall were watched by several perching turkey vultures and a large pack of journalists as they arrived at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Inverness, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

“You’re still here,” Charles said wryly to the reporters, photographers and camera crews who are following the couple’s first overseas tour since they married in April.

Amid fog and drizzle, the Rev. Tom Brindley welcomed the couple to the rustic wooden church, set within a redwood-shaded former mansion on a hill overlooking Tomales Bay.

They sat on simple wooden pews beneath the chapel’s vaulted redwood ceiling for the hourlong service, staying afterward to chat and pose for photographs with some of the 70 parishioners.

The prince and duchess are spending more than three days in California’s Bay Area, as their weeklong U.S. tour shifts from the power centers of New York and Washington to remoter communities, and issues close to the prince’s heart: organic agriculture and sustainable food production.

The prince is a firm supporter of environmentalist causes and runs an organic farm on his Highgrove estate in western England.

Today, the couple plan to visit a Berkeley school organic garden sponsored by chef Alice Waters. The tour wraps up tomorrow.

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