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Prince Charles tries a drop of Ampleforth Abbey Cider (Ampleforth Abbey)

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Great North Yorkshire Show earlier this month

The Prince of Wales  (PA)

Defender of the (Eastern) faith

Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle East

Prince Charles met the Iraqi Christians straight after arriving in Jordan (PA)

Prince Charles gives support to displaced Christians during Middle East visit

Prince Charles looks at a gift presented to him with Archbishop Habib of Basra, Iraq, during a visit to meet Iraqi Christians, in London (PA)

Prince tells Iraqi Christians they are ‘literally following in the footsteps of the Holy Family’

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama

Archbishop was stunned by the Prince’s support for Christians in the line of fire

The Prince of Wales (PA)

The Prince has become one of the most high-profile names to speak out about the persecution of Christians

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl sleeps at a temporary shelter in Erbil (AP)

The battle for religious freedom is one of the great struggles of the 21st century

Prince Charles: 'Words seem inadequate at such an unimaginable time of suffering'

Prince of Wales says he is ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘barbaric persecution’ of religious minorities at hands of ISIS

A Syrian man fixes a picture of Christ on the wall of his damaged house (CNS)

Predictions that after the end of the Cold War we would see a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West have been borne out by events

The heir to the throne said that Christmas reminds us to love our neighbour (PA)

Prince Charles has said Christians are being targeted by Islamist militants