Video transcript TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Birmingham, Tuesday 12th September 2006 Part 1 Opening Credits: Each year The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall conduct hundreds of engagements throughout the United Kingdom. Many of their working days are spent meeting the public, celebrating the achievements of local and national initiatives, and visiting their own charitable projects. This is just one such day. Narrator The Prince of Wales begins most days working through his papers and talking to his advisers. HRH (on the phone) I hope that the actual valuation will show that it really is worth doing it. Narrator Today, The Prince is working from his London home, Clarence House. Before heading off on a day of engagements in Birmingham with his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince works through his daily correspondence, which can include State papers, memos from his staff and briefings from the many charitable organisations which The Prince supports. Accompanied by The Duchess, his first visit of the day is to a youth community project in Birmingham called The Pump, which The Prince helped to create. The idea of the project was simple: to allow young people to help design and build their own centre. Ben Bolgar (outside) This is an idea the Prince of Wales had over five years ago to get young people to actually train in various skills connected to the built environment by actually building and constructing a building that they would own and manage. Narrator Preparations in Birmingham have begun long before the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses and a visit such as this gives an opportunity for the Prince and The Duchess to meet the public as well as those who have helped create the community centre. The Prince and Duchess will meet as many of those involved as possible, congratulating them on their achievement. HRH (shaking hand) I am so grateful for all your help on this, if I may say so. Narrator Conversations on a day like this are many and varied: from thanking builders and board members who have worked on the project to discussing the facilities which will be on offer and chatting to the youth workers and young people themselves. HRH (with kids) I hear these are new school uniforms, are they? Do they fit alright? Not too uncomfortable? So have you been helping a little bit with the building? Narrator The Prince and the Duchess together carry out over 200 public engagements like this one every year, often making as many as three or four separate appearances in a single day. HRH (with crowd) Where’s school? Is it just down the road? Alright… Narrator Also down the road is the world famous Edgbaston cricket ground, where the Prince and Duchess are about to go next… Part 2 Narrator The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are in Birmingham, carrying out a number of engagements around the city. After a visit to a youth community centre, the Prince is now at Edgbaston cricket ground, The Prince and his wife are here to see how cricket clubs can work with the Prince’s Trust to provide schemes and opportunities for young people. HRH (to young person) What are you up to nowadays? Young Person I’ve just started a new course, getting a GCSE. HRH Are you? And you’re getting there slowly? Young Person Yes I am, Sir. HRH God, I’m glad I don’t take exams any more. I don’t envy you. Narrator Three England test cricketers are on hand to lend their support to this Prince’s Trust scheme, and His Royal Highness shares some of his cricketing experiences with them. HRH I tell you something, when I was in the Navy thirty years ago, rather worryingly, one period I had was seven months in the West Indies, to do the West Indies stint, and I ended up joining the ship’s cricket team like an idiot. And I can’t tell you, we played in every island! I was terrified because these characters, by God they threw the ball at you and the wickets were like concrete….I found myself standing like that! (footage of Ashley Giles bowling to HRH) Sajid/Vickram Did you bat or bowl? HRH Well I tried to do both, but mostly bat…very badly. (as Sajid Mahmood bowls HRH) Ah yes! That’s the idea. Narrator There’s a lot of activity which cricket clubs – and indeed other sports clubs conduct with young people, together with charities such as the Prince’s Trust. Through such initiatives, young people gain valuable confidence and skills. Part 3 Narrator After visiting a youth centre and Edgbaston cricket ground, the final engagement of The Prince and The Duchess’s day in Birmingham is at Elmhurst Dance School. As President of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Prince and his wife are keen to see how the new buildings at Elmhurst are helping the school develop and work more closely with the Royal Ballet. HRH (clapping) Very good…very good. (to dancer) It’s terrifying doing these auditions, isn’t it? Dancer Yes! (laughing) Narrator The highlight of their visit is a dance recital in the school’s new auditorium. HRH Thank you all very much. You were wonderful. You really did brilliantly. And the awful thing is you haven’t had much time to practice have you? You only just got back…what was it? On Friday, wasn’t it? So how long did you get to rehearse? Dancers Yesterday HRH Just yesterday? And that’s all? (TRH pose for a photograph with dancers) HRH I don’t think I would have wanted to be Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee! (Flash) Man Thank you so much, Sir The Duchess Thank you very much. School principal We are truly delighted. It’s a very historic day in Elmhurst’s history. Elmhurst is the oldest vocational dance school in the United Kingdom. Narrator A week after this visit, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall accepted the school’s invitation to become their Patron. Part 4 Narrator After a busy day of engagements in Birmingham, The Prince and the Duchess return home to Highgrove in Gloucestershire, where the Prince is to host a reception for the Cotswold Care Hospice. Cotswold Care is one of a number of hospices of which the Prince is Patron, and which he supports in any way he can. The guests this evening have a enjoyed a walk around the Prince’s garden before his Royal Highness joins them for a drinks reception on the terrace of the Orchard Room, where he chats with as many of the guests as possible. HRH (with guests) What I couldn’t get over the other day was at the battle of the Somme celebrations or commemorations we went to in France, there was the most incredible old boy who survived the First World War – one of the veterans – was 110 years old and who was only one year younger than my grandfather, the late King, would have been. Can you believe it? And there he was and he was perfectly compus mentis; insisted on standing up for the National Anthem. HRH (speech) Well, ladies and gentlemen, before I disappear I just wanted to say what a great pleasure it’s been to meet all of you – at least I hope I have met all of you – and to hear that on the whole, very diplomatically, you seem to have enjoyed going round the garden. Narrator Most days end the way they start, with The Prince working on his papers and making a few final phone calls before retiring for the evening. HRH (on phone) I just wanted to say another huge thank you for all the immense effort you – I know – have put into all this…yes, this morning. Well done. Thanks Tom. Goodnight. Narrator There is no such thing as a typical day for The Prince of Wales or The Duchess of Cornwall. But developing practical initiatives, backing projects, hearing from beneficiaries and thanking supporters are all regular elements of Their Royal Highnesses’ lives.