In 1882, my great great grandfather, the then Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, founded the Royal College of Music, with a vision that the College should be the recognised centre and head of the musical world. I need hardly say that I am enormously proud of the unique place the College continues to hold in Britain’s musical and cultural life, and across the globe.
Tonight you write the next chapter of your nation’s story, adding to the treasury of past achievement, collective enterprise and personal courage which already fill its pages.
It is always a daunting task to take over from a former Colonel-in-Chief, but in my case, to step into the boots of my much-missed, late father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh, is quite frankly terrifying! I know it was a role that he cherished and of which he was immensely proud and it is one of the greatest honours of my life to have followed him into this illustrious role.
You have developed and delivered a vaccine for the world – in a remarkably short time-scale – which will continue to have a positive impact on communities and society for years to come. You have demonstrated, together with your partners, the power of collaboration, of agility and, ultimately, of science itself.
For our society to meet successfully the huge challenges before us, we will need all our talents and all our contributions. That is not simply a good intention - it is the most profound good sense.
It is the greatest pleasure for my wife and myself to be with you this evening, and indeed to be in Egypt again after – I can hardly believe it – more than fifteen years. We both have fond memories of Egypt, and the recollection of our last visit has drawn us back:
I can see there are so many inspirational women here, doing so many things, and they have done it by themselves and a lot of others are doing the same.
I first visited this most friendly and special of countries some thirty-six years ago and have been drawn back time and again by the remarkable generosity, hospitality and courteousness for which Jordan is rightly famed.
There is a lot of anger and frustration out there.... please don't forget these people out there. Don't forget that it is their future, I promise you, that you hold in your hands.
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