Britain's Prince Charles had a small non-cancerous growth removed from his face, a spokesman at his official residence said Friday.

The operation was a minor and routine procedure, said the spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity line with palace policy. Charles had the growth removed from the side of his nose late Thursday afternoon, shortly after he met with the Dalai Lama at Clarence House in London.

He had covered up the scar with a small white bandage on the bridge of his nose during a tree-planting ceremony Friday at his country home in Highgrove in Gloucestershire, about 100 miles west of London.

He showed no signs of discomfort as he planted an oak sapling in the Highgrove garden, dressed in a gray suit with a red tie and a white carnation flower in his lapel.

He planted the sapling to mark the end of the Gloucestershire 1,000 Trees campaign that encourages local businesses to plant trees in the county.

Charles' father, the Duke of Edinburgh, underwent a similar procedure to remove a small growth on his nose in 1996. Queen Elizabeth II had minor non-cancerous growths removed from her face in January 2003.