An Oxfordshire school and its pupils were delighted to welcome His Majesty King Charles III on his visit to the county today.

The King's helicopter landed on the field at Aureus School just after 12 noon today (Tuesday, November 14) where he was greeted by enthusiastic staff and "very wet" but excited students before heading off to carry out royal duties in Didcot.

The event was organised in collaboration with Thames Valley Police and the King’s flight aviation coordinator.

Oxford Mail: King Charles lands at Aureus School in Didcot

After the landing, some students, were greeted with a smile and a wave from the King and Queen while others signed back 'happy birthday'.

Year 10 student Christy said: “It was nice of King Charles III to wave at us, probably one of my best experiences at school.”

And Sanjeev in Year 9 added: ”It was an amazing experience to see the King of England and everyone was having so much fun!”

The pupils were then invited to have a close up look at the helicopter and ask the aviation team questions about engineering, navigation and the intricacies of royal travel before watching the royal couple's departure and the final take-off.

Kirsty Rogers, headteacher at Aureus School, said: “It was wonderful to see how spirited the students were and a fantastic opportunity for our students to see the King and Queen up close.

"We were delighted that King Charles III took the time to greet the students before departing for his charity work with SOFEA, an organisation who we have close affiliation with.

"An extraordinary day at Aureus School. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Thames Valley Police and The King’s Helicopter team for making this event possible, contributing to the educational journey of our students."

The school posted on Facebook: "It was definitely one of the most exciting moments we've had since the school opened back in 2017!"