The Prince of Wales talks with TV presenter Gaby Roslin during a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, at Clarence House
The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at Clarence House this evening, marking the 50th anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and to thank HRH Princess Alexandra for her contribution as Patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust since 1968.
The event was attended by friends and supporters of the Trust, including celebrity supporters Sian Lloyd and Gaby Roslin.
During the Reception, The Prince of Wales said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I just wanted to say that ever since I can remember, I've adored my cousin, so nothing can give me greater pleasure than to follow, in this case, in her footsteps. Although I fear I shall be rather inadequate, I fear, to her, all these years that she's been Patron, for nearly the 50years I suspect.
Addressing Princess Alexandra directly, The Prince said: "I just wanted to express the warmest appreciation for all the things you've done over these years and I hope I won't let you down as Patron."
The Prince of Wales with Princess Alexandra arrive to attend a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Prince went on to say: "Ladies and Gentlemen, it's been such a pleasure to meet so many of you this evening and again, as I think I explained to some of you going round, I remember meeting some young cystic fibrosis patients years ago, I think in a hospital in Glasgow.
"I've never forgotten what an impression was left on me by meeting them and also the very special character they displayed I think because of the suffering they go through. I always remember thinking I must try and do something to help.
"I also feel so deeply for the parents and the families who have to endure the agony of the anxiety that there must be all the time when you have a son or a daughter who has this disease.
"So today, going around the unit at the Royal Brompton and meeting so many of the team there who I know play such a special part in trying to improve the lives of the patients, it was very special to meet them and the nurses and everybody else.
"But also to hear about the results of the research, which I know had been carried out for quite some years now and have been the result of so much money that's been raised by so many of you. To hear about the new drugs and the possibilities that I think could make a fantastic difference to so many people's lives in the future. That really is enormously encouraging. I also wanted to use this opportunity to express my admiration for the work of the Trust over these years.
"And to say that as Patron I shall do whatever can. I hope that we shall be able to raise people's better awareness of this particular condition and indeed of what can be done to, not only ameliorate it, but make people's lives totally transformed in the future."
The Prince of Wales became Patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in May 2014, succeeding Princess Alexandra who had been Patron since 1968.
Earlier in the day The Prince met patients and staff during a visit to the Royal Brompton Hospital's Cystic Fibrosis centre, Fulham Road, London.
The Prince of Wales supports a patient-centred approach to healthcare and the creation of a ‘climate of care and compassion’. The Prince's views are a result of numerous visits to hospitals, hospices and other healthcare organisations over the past forty years and speaking to patients and staff. The Prince is linked to over 30 healthcare organisations as Patron or President, including six cancer charities.