Britain's Prince Charles had a small noncancerous 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 in 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.