Friday, 14 November 2008

The Prince of Wales at 60

The Prince's Trust was his idea and, in the 32 years of its existence, it has helped more than 500,000 disadvantaged young people to improve their lives. That alone would entitle him to credit. But Charles has involved himself in very much more than the Prince's Trust.

He believes he has a duty to use his position as Prince of Wales to bring together people of wealth and influence to focus on some of the major issues which face us. This is a role which he describes as his "convening power".

The Prince of Wales title carries no established or formal role, so Prince Charles has had to forge his own path. He is patron or president of about 400 organisations, but is best known for the Prince’s Trust, which he set up in 1976 with his Navy severance pay of £7,400.

Prince Charles set up the Prince's Trust because he felt many young people were excluded from society through lack of opportunity.

The Trust gives training, mentoring and financial support to people aged 14 to 30, focusing on those who have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or are young offenders. To date, it has helped more than half a million young people change their lives.

The Trust appears to embody the prince's desire to heal society's many modern-day ills.

Relaxed and informal, the Prince of Wales cuts a dashing figure in his uniform as Colonel of the Welsh Guards in his official birthday photograph released today.

Happy birthday, Your Royal Highness.

[Pippa Wagstaff is currently on a blogging break]


Sweet and Tender Hooligan 14 November 2008 at 14:37  

I am an agnostic republican, however, I cannot fault the prince’s trust as an organisation.

I do find there is to much mealy mouthed republican criticisms of ALL part of the royal families work purely because people criticise the office itself. It cannot all be bad!

Stonemason 14 November 2008 at 16:07  

I watched the documentary about him the other night, he came across as Ok, happy birthday from Caerphilly your RH.

Anonymous 15 November 2008 at 14:13  

Always liked a man in uniform :>)
He has done his best ,in the circumstances he was born into.
I am not a supporter of Monarchy , but he has at least made an effort to do something other than cut ribbons and fly helicopters.

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Hip Hip Hurray 17 November 2008 at 17:19  

The United Kingdom would never be the same without Royalty. A UK without royalty would be just too awful for words. That's how I feel about it. Also, the UK benefits from tourism and the industry that has built up around Royalty. The Queen feels a strong sense of duty to serve her subjects and the UK as a whole. This means a LOT of sacrafice on her part. Not that the Queen is perfect, but frankly, she's the best Queen we could ever hope for. Long live the Queen.

Anonymous 18 November 2008 at 13:06  
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Anonymous 18 November 2008 at 20:11  

Why is Miss Wagstaff constantly taking down my posts simply because im not a supporter of the monarchy. Is the monarchy up there with the Tory party on the list of things Miss Wagstaff refuses to allow critisism of!

Anonymous 18 November 2008 at 22:01  

mine too and i never said anything controversial.

Senedd Whip 19 November 2008 at 08:21  

'Anonymous 20:11 and 22:01'

In Pippa's absence I have removed a few comments due to the naff jokes and the comment not being on thread.

I think you'll find that this post is in praise of The Prince's Trust and not the monarchy. It is also a birthday tribute to the PoW.

Pippa Wagstaff is due to return next month.

Anonymous 19 November 2008 at 13:57  

Senedd Whip. My comment was compleatly on thread. I made a comment about the praise you gave the prince for setting up the princes trust with his own money even though the money he lives daily on is taxpayers. Surley that is a point I am allowed to make. This blog is fast becoming one where if you dont agree with Miss Wagstaff you are banished. And I notice that you regularly allow very personal off topic comments about other bloggers to stay on the posts. At least be consistent.

Anonymous 19 November 2008 at 14:09  

If the anonymous don't like it, why don't they start their own blog?

Senedd Whip 19 November 2008 at 14:26  

'Anonymous 13:57' My comment was completely on thread... Hmmm!!!

I found your comment unnecessarily negative when the Trust does such good work.

"And I notice that you regularly allow very personal off topic comments about other bloggers to stay on the posts. At least be consistent."

You'll have to specify which comments on which posts, or take it up with Pippa when she returns.

look out for the troll 19 November 2008 at 14:34  

If the anonymous don't like it, why don't they start their own blog?

- because they already have one and are trolls.

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