‘What a Principality!’ said Prince Charles, displaying his Welsh language skills.
Earlier this week, Prince Charles welcomed Simon Armitage to his residence in the Carmarthenshire countryside.
Earlier this week, the future King welcomed Simon Armitage to his residence in the Carmarthenshire countryside, Llwynywermod. He has often exhibited his linguistic abilities in public, especially before his investiture at Caernarfon Castle.
Charles, like many of his Myddfai neighbors, can only speak Welsh to a limited extent.
The 72-year-old was charged with learning the Welsh language before the 1969 investiture, as depicted in Netflix’s historical drama The Crown.
“It is, indeed, my earnest goal to involve myself in word and deed with as much of the Principality’s existence as possible—and what a Principality!” he remarked in Welsh.
In the ITV program “Charles: 50 Years a Prince,” the Prince discussed the difficulties of learning the language.
“I did everything I could to learn as much as I could,” he stated.
“However, in terms of difficulty, it is quite difficult, and I am not as gifted a linguist as I would like to be.”
In addition, Charles demonstrated his Welsh language skills by announcing the inauguration of the Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig in 2020.
In Welsh, the Prince of Wales greeted the crowd with “boneddigion a boneddigesau,” which means “ladies and gentlemen.”
The Prince of Wales told Mr Armitage about his love for the country, saying, “It’s fantastic coming down here.”
“I also enjoy visiting in the winter on weekends when I can.
“And I skulk around in the Brecon Beacons, exploring and fighting my way through enormous flocks of sheep all over the place, which is magical. It’s unique in that it’s more of a cottage.”
In 2006, he relocated to Carmarthenshire.
The Duke of Cornwall was appointed patron of Llandovery Rugby Football Club in 2009.
However, the rugby-crazed historic county of Dyfed, which includes Llwynywermod, has a disproportionately high number of Welsh speakers.
Carmarthenshire has the largest number of Welsh speakers in Wales, according to the 2011 census, with over four out of ten individuals claiming to be able to communicate in the language.
Edward Millward, a nationalist politician, trained Charles Welsh.
Mr Millward, who died in 2020, was the Vice President of Plaid Cymru and turned down invitations to Charles’ investiture and wedding to Lady Diana Spencer.
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