Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so pleased that you have all been able to join this evening’s gathering, especially as I know how difficult it is to pin you all down – and me! – in one place! I am, therefore, immensely grateful that you have been able to find the time to be with us and, indeed, in many cases to join one or more of the three events that have been arranged to occur either side of this evening’s dinner.

As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, I am extremely pleased to be able to visit my 2nd Battalion today. I am particularly pleased to be here on the Regiment’s birthday and during the bicentenary.

As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, I am extremely pleased to be able to visit my 2nd Battalion today. I am particularly pleased to be here on the Regiment’s birthday and during the bicentenary.

As Joint Presidents of this marvellous charity Elephant Family my wife and I, could not be more proud to support their vital work. After all, we are all here to ensure that dear Mark's hard-won legacy is maintained and enhanced.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As David said I'm afraid I suffer from too much expectation and over ambition so I know the poor people who run this school are run off their feet, but eventually projects get underway and we are only as good, of course, as the support we get and the sponsorship we receive so above all else, this occasion is an opportunity to thank everyone else and all those who are so generous and kind as to understand what the school is trying to do.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am enormously grateful to everybody for making this huge effort to join the Dumfries House Textiles Festival today. My wife and I were so pleased to have a chance this morning to have a look round, to visit everybody's stalls and hear a little bit about what you're all doing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am fully aware that you have been locked in here since 9.30 or something and I suspect that you have been talked to furiously all that time. The last thing you want is another lecture when most of you are probably used to giving lectures rather than having to listen to them.

Master, Wardens, Brother and Sister Liverymen,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Thank you, Master, for your generous words of welcome. It was with enormous pride that I accepted your invitation, last year, to become an Honorary Liveryman of this ancient Worshipful Company and I am hugely honoured to be here today in your magnificent Great Hall (a testament to the art of plastering) to accept this beautiful Livery brooch.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My wife and I are enormously touched to have been invited to visit you all here, at Corrymeela. IN my case it's paticularly special to be able to come back after all these years. I have such happy memories of my visit here in 1998 which was of course a landmark year in the history of our islands.

Mr. Flanagan, a daoine uaiseala [Ladies and gentlemen],

I must just say, before going any further, what a treat it was to hear real Irish music - one cannot stop one's foot tapping - thank you to the composer, we will treasure this experience for the rest of our lives.