Prince Charles was out and about in Wales on Thursday 4th September after he made a trip to the Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan before hosting a reception at the NATO summit in Newport.
The first of Charles’s engagements was to go aboard the Type 45 Destroyer HMS Duncan which arrived in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday after it had returned to Portsmouth for the Summer. The destroyer had previously been used in Glasgow as part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
As Admiral of the Fleet, Prince Charles spoke to HMS Duncan’s crew before he then went aboard the French anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet to meet the staff on-board there. Thursday night will see HMS Duncan play host to NATO’s 28 defence ministers as the ship will be the venue for a working dinner, they will also be joined by 24 ministers from NATO partner countries including Australia, South Korea and Ireland.
From HMS Duncan, The Prince of Wales went on to Celtic Manor to host a reception at the NATO Summit. The reception was a chance for The Prince of Wales to promote Wales and to thank the community for its hospitality. Among the guests at the reception were British Prime Minister David Cameron, Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb.
Prince Charles took the opportunity to thank the people of Wales who have been involved in delivering the largest gathering of world leaders that the UK has ever seen. The Prince was also joined by other NATO dignitaries, schoolchildren and cadets.
Entertaining the guests was the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Prince of Wales’ own harpist Hannah Stone. Amongst the dignitaries and leaders was Rachael Flanagan who set up her own cleaning firm at the age of 18 and now employs over 200 people, she said of the event, “The NATO summit is a fantastic opportunity to promote Wales to the world and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”
The NATO summit is being dominated by the on-going situation in Iraq with Prince Charles recently condemning the atrocities that are happening within the country.
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