A CHURCH courtyard has been named after His Royal Highness Prince Charles in a ‘rare’ honour.

Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to name the courtyard of St Mary’s Priory Church in Abergavenny, The Prince of Wales’ Courtyard.

Prince Charles has made public visits to the church in 2008 and 2016.

He has also been patron of St Mary’s Priory Development Trust for nearly 18 years.

The vicar, canon Mark Soady, said it is a ‘rare honour.’

He said: “We are very pleased indeed that His Royal Highness’ long association with, and interest in St Mary’s Priory is to be acknowledge in this way.”

Sir Trefor Morris, chairman of St Mary’s Development Trust, also welcomed the news.

He said: “The courtyard has gone through an amazing transformation during the last 18 years from muddy car park to tree lined public square which houses the annual food festival and other community events.”