The Prince of Wales made a heart-warming tribute to his dad, the King as he introduced tonight’s Coronation Concert, saying “Pa, we are all so proud of you.”
But before that he also made a toe-curling dad-joke, making TV viewers cringe and giggle at the same time in the classic way that only a dad can.
As the distinctly merry good-natured crowd waited for star attraction Lionel Richie, William promised his speech won’t go on “all night long”
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Virgin Radio’s Rich Williams one of several dozen who observed on Twitter that William was really “nailing the dad joke there”.
In his speech, William also offered a tribute to the late Queen saying “As my grandmother said when she was crowned, coronations are a declaration of our hopes for the future.
“And I know she’s up there, fondly keeping an eye on us. And she would be a very proud mother.
“For all that celebrations are magnificent, at the heart of the pageantry is a simple message. Service.”
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He described how his father’s first words on entering Westminster Abbey for his coronation – when he responded to the official greeting by a young chorister – were a pledge of service.
“It was a pledge to continue to serve,” William said.
“Because for over 50 years, in every corner of the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world, he has dedicated himself to serve others, both current and future generations, and those whose memory must not be neglected.”
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He also praised the King’s take on the natural world, saying: “He warned us of the risks to our planet’s health long before it was an everyday issue.”
And heralded his establishment of the Prince’s Trust, adding: “It has supported over a million young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realise their ambitions.”
Stressing one of the themes of this Coronation, William continued: “Perhaps most importantly of all, my father has always understood that people of all faiths, all backgrounds, and all communities, deserve to be celebrated and supported.”
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