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Charles At 60: The Passionate Prince

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This was a gem of a TV programme.  I have always been a fan of our Prince Of Wales.  I remember his investiture vividly as a major event in my childhood.

It is also worth saying that I am one of the silent majority who, I believe, as well as loving and admiring Charles also felt the same way about Diana.  The two points of view are far from incompatible and Charles himself is the best example of this.

I was tempted to title this post “Supreme Intelligence” because that is how I would sum up what I saw.  He is a man of great wisdom, insight, patience and vision.  It was good to see his mother’s endorsement of him yesterday too.

One of the issues addressed in the programme was how, when he assumes the throne, he will be have to abandon his “hands on” involvement with issues.  This, I believe, is wrong.  In fact, this will be his contribution to the modern monarchy.  He already treads a difficult tightrope between involvement and detachment.  I believe he has the ability to continue to do so in a way that will be to the great benefit of our nation.

Watch it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fky55/Charles_at_60_the_Passionate_Prince/

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Written by Peter Reynolds

November 13, 2008 at 6:26 pm

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  1. The narrator says (in the final five minutes or so):
    “For now, that instant transition [to kingship] so seldom discussed seems a long way off. There’s no sign of him winding down towards his destiny. If anything, the prince who struggles to contain the sheer volume of his opinions looks set to strut and fret his hour upon the stage with ever greater urgency.”

    Quote from Macbeth from where the “strut and fret” paraphrase is taken:

    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    Act 5 Scene 5 (Spoken by Macbeth)

    If you listen to a lot of the narration, it is of the same bitchy calibre. However well Charles comes across, the narrator seems to think he’s a fool.

    Rich

    January 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm


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