The Prince of Wales has shared his regret that he is not & # 39; as brilliant as a linguist as he would like to be & # 39 ;, after having had difficulty learning Welsh.
Prince Charles, 70, took a nine-week history and language course at Welsh at Aberystwyth University at the age of 20, shortly before his investment as Prince of Wales in 1969.
Speaking with ITV for Charles: 50 Years A Prince, which will be broadcast tonight at 9 p.m., the heir to the throne admitted that he found it difficult to master the language in such a short time.
"I've done my utmost to learn as much as possible, but in the long run it's pretty hard and I'm not as brilliant a linguist as I would like to be," Charles said.
The Prince of Wales (shown during Charles: 50 Years A Prince) has shared his regret that he & # 39; is not as brilliant a linguist as he would like to be & # 39; after his struggle to learn Welsh
Prince Charles (pictured in a language laboratory at the university), 70, took a nine-week history and language course at Welsh at Aberystwyth University at age 20, shortly before his investment as Prince of Wales in 1969
The documentary, which celebrates the 50 years of the royal as Prince of Wales, sees Charles reflecting on his work in Wales, including his early days as a student.
Speaking of his time at Aberystwyth University, the royal said: & I was in the middle of my history in Cambridge.
But arriving at Aberystwyth was probably more of a shock and surprise for everyone. I have come with a lot of media as you can imagine. & # 39;
Prince Charles depicted during the ceremony of his investment as the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in July 1969
Throne successor Charles, 70, is the longest-serving holder of the Prince of Wales title in history. Depicted is crowned by his mother the queen in July 1969
Charles embraced his inner Welshman and set out to learn the language and culture of the nation to which he would soon receive the title.
Despite the & # 39; beautiful middle-aged ladies & # 39; who often greeted him on his travels to the city, not everyone accepted the presence of the royal.
& # 39; Every time I had to go into town … most days there seemed to be a demonstration against me, & # 39; Charles remembered.
Prince Charles introduced himself to his first Welsh language exercise in the language department of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
The Prince of Wales, pictured at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, receives a greeting from nine-year-old Nicholas Toplet from Aberystwyth as he leaves college after his first Welsh language lesson in 1969
& # 39; And a counter-demonstration by beautiful middle-aged ladies rolling out of a bus. That was an interesting experience. & # 39;
The prince, who now has a house in Wales near Llandovery, also explained how his love affair began with the countryside of Wales.
& # 39; I remember one day exploring a little wonderfully remote Mid-Wales, a magical landscape, relatively empty and I'm completely lost & # 39 ;, he said.
Charles passes girls in Welsh costume on Brynmawr's market square during the Wales tour following his investment in July 1969
The Prince of Wales depicted in a Land Rover on a sports field in Carmarthen, during his tour through Wales after his investment
The program also shows the local rugby club in Llandovery, where the Prince has been (photo) patron
& # 39; I had the opportunity to explore. I'd rather fall in love with much of the Wales countryside. I learned a lot about Wales there. & # 39;
Recalling Charles's decision to find a permanent place to live in the country, he said: & I just thought it would be great to be somewhere in Wales to establish myself, which, as you know, so much interest and concern for people in Wales if I could. & # 39;
The program also shows the local rugby club in Llandovery, where the Prince has been patron.
Handel Davies, President of Llandovery RFC, said: & # 39; We are the only Welsh rugby club that has Prince Charles as our patron and it has definitely put Llandovery on the map. & # 39;
After adding the royal praise, he added: & # 39; It would be nice to hear him speak a little more Welsh, that would make him a real Welshman. & # 39;
Charles: 50 Years A Prince will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 9 p.m.
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