PRINCE CHARLES demanded a particular artist to played on car journeys with his police protections officers which they then grew to love.
Prince Charles, who is patron of 12 orchestras, opera companies and choirs, demands that Wagner is played in his car while he is escorted by police. But in a bizarre turn of events, the protection officers began to enjoy the composer just as much as the Duke. The 71-year-old explained that the officers may have thought they wouldn’t like it but learned to love it.
Speaking on ITV’s Royal Rota, Mr Ship said: “He would be with his protection officers and he played Wagner so often on CD in the car that his police protection officers grew to like the composer in the end.”
Producer Lizzie Robinson.”Sounds like a very civilised way to travel, doesn’t it?
“Around the country, listening to Wagner with your police officer.”
Mr Ship added: “Well, he is the heir to the throne.
Prince Charles demands that police protection officers listen to Wagner (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles’ protection officers began liking Wagner (Image: PA)
“If you expect anybody to be gliding around the country with a police escort while listening to classical music, you would expect that from Prince Charles, wouldn’t you?”
Ms Robinson “It’s really sweet that he played it so much that it just became familiar to the police officers.”
It comes as the Prince of Wales has paid tribute to musicians, singers and dancers across the UK who have had to deal with the “heartbreaking” cancellation of performances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Prince Charles is patron of 12 orchestras, opera companies and choirs (Image: GETTY)
Charles dedicated a Classic FM show which he recorded, to be aired on Tuesday evening, to orchestral performers, saying he hoped they could emerge from the lockdown with their talents “possibly shining all the brighter” when live shows are allowed again.
The programme, entitled A Royal Appointment, is the second of two which celebrate Charles’s long-time support and enjoyment of classical music.
Ending Tuesday’s recording, he said: “It is heartbreaking to think of all the hard work that has gone into planning this year’s concert seasons, the summer music festivals, the opera and ballet productions around the country, all of which have had to be cancelled.
“You can imagine the effect on the lives and livelihoods of all those incredibly gifted musicians, singers and dancers whom we are so fortunate to have in large numbers in this country. My heart goes out to them in these anxious times.
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“Now I have no doubt when we are finally allowed to enjoy concerts and theatrical performances once again, our brilliant orchestral players, singers and dancers will be ready to thrill us all, their talents possibly shining all the brighter because of their enforced silence and absence.
“I’m sure they know how deeply they touch people’s lives, so this entire programme is dedicated to them as a tribute to the sheer joy and solace they bring us all.”
Among the music chosen by Charles during the recording is one he commissioned in memory of his grandmother, the Queen Mother, which he said reflects her “smile, the love and the sense of duty”.
The Concerto for piano and orchestra by Nigel Hess is “very dear to my heart”, he said.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK