Bard and the Goons wel­come Charles to Cardiff

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IT WAS, as the pro­ducer would have put it, a var­ied bill.

The pro­gramme for a 70th birth­day party for the Prince of Wales in Cardiff in­cluded Shake­speare, Chopin and his favourite – The Goons.

Charles, who has al­ways pro­fessed his love for the an­ar­chic ra­dio show of the 1950s, was be­ing en­ter­tained by drama stu­dents from the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic, of which he is pa­tron.

He was there – three weeks af­ter his birth­day – to cel­e­brate Welsh cre­ative tal­ent, and was told by the ac­tor Owen Teale, a star of the TV se­ries Game of

Thrones, that Cardiff was now a des­ti­na­tion city for per­form­ers.

Teale, a na­tive of Swansea, said: “It re­minds me how wrong I was, but I thought I had to leave Wales to be­come an ac­tor.” The Cardiff-born ac­tor Matthew Rhys in­tro­duced the per­for­mance by telling the Prince: “Sir, you’ve been this col­lege’s most trea­sured pa­tron for 19 years and we’re hon­oured to have you with us to­day.” Charles had ar­rived in Wales on a steam lo­co­mo­tive that dated from 1948, the year he was born, and was greeted by a crowd at Cardiff Cen­tral sta­tion. He went on to visit pa­tients and staff at the City Hospice in the grounds of the city’s Whitchurch Hos­pi­tal, where he is also pa­tron. It needs to raise £1m a year to main­tain its pal­lia­tive care ser­vices.

You’ve been this col­lege’s most trea­sured pa­tron for 19 years. Cardiff-born ac­tor Matthew Rhys.

PIC­TURES: BEN BIR­CHALL/PA WIRE

ROYAL OC­CA­SION: The Prince of Wales on a visit to City Hospice in the grounds of Cardiff’s Whitchurch Hos­pi­tal; in­set, he presents a cer­tifi­cate to oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Rachel Roberts.

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