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Prince Charles appoints his new Official Harpist

The Prince of Wales has gained an addition to his team as he employs Alis Huws has his Official Harpist.

Ms Huws is the sixth person to take on the role of Official Harpist since HRH reinstated the post in 2000.

Speaking of her royal appointment, Ms Huws said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to have been given this unique opportunity. I am passionate about my Welsh heritage, and I would hope to use this platform to be an ambassador for our language, music and culture.”

She takes over the position from outgoing harpist Anne Denholm who had held the role since 2015.

The Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales is an official position within the Royal Court which Prince Charles reinstated in 2000.

The harp is an important national instrument in Wales, and although the role of Official Harpist was discontinued during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales restored the position in 2000 in order to foster and encourage young musical talent in Wales and the UK and to raise the profile of the harp as an instrument.

Ms Huws becomes the new harpist on the same week Charles and Camilla are in Wales on their annual visit.

She will perform in front of the couple for the first time on Tuesday evening at their Welsh residence at Llwynywermod in Llandovery.

Ms Huws has already performed for The Royal Family on a number of occasions, most recently at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.

She will stay in the role of Official Harpist for an initial period of two years.

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