Charles records Thomas 'favourite'
The Prince of Wales has recorded one of his favourite Dylan Thomas poems to mark National Poetry Day.
Charles picked Fern Hill by the Welsh writer for the annual nationwide event celebrated today.
The Prince said: "For National Poetry Day, I was very glad, if somewhat hesitant - to be able to record a reading of one of my personal favourites, Fern Hill, with its poignant and moving evocation of a rural west Wales childhood.
"I cannot help feeling this is one of the great legacies of Thomas's poetry - that it inspires people to appreciate the incomparable landscape of Wales."
The heir to the throne has made a number of broadcasts over the decades including appearing on the BBC children's programme Jackanory in 1984, reading his own book The Old Man Of Lochnagar, and in recent years making documentaries about the composer Sir Hubert Parry and royal artists.
Born in 1914, Thomas is famous for his play Under Milk Wood as well as poems like Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
In 2014, a festival to mark 100 years since his birth will take place in Swansea and Charles is royal patron of the event.
The Prince visited the poet's home - 5 Cwmdonkin Drive - in Swansea last year and the Boat House in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where he wrote many of his major works.
William Sieghart, the founder of National Poetry Day, welcomed the Prince's recording: "There's no mistaking the Prince of Wales' love of this moving poem.
"I hope many will follow his wonderful example on National Poetry Day.
"This is a day to find a poem you love and share it."
Thomas's granddaughter, Hannah Ellis Thomas, is also a patron of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and met Charles when he visited the poet's home.
She said: "It's fantastic that he is closely involving himself in our centenary celebrations with a reading that my grandfather would have loved, of a poem that meant so much to him and our family."
The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival is being led by the Welsh Government.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "The festival will resurrect a passion for literature and inspire people of all ages to connect more actively with our rich cultural heritage.
"It is an opportunity to showcase Wales and to raise further the iconic status of this great literary figure."
The Prince's recording will be available at www.princeofwales.gov.uk from 8am.
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