Heir to the Throne Accepts Award From Former PM Sir John Major
[London–20 November] HRH Prince Charles has been presented with the 2013 Sir Winston Churchill Award given by The Churchill Centre (UK) to those in public life who are displaying Churchillian qualities and traits. The ceremony took place at TCC UK’s annual award dinner in London. Guests included The Churchill Centre’s Patron Lady Soames and three generations of the Churchill family. Lord Marland, Chairman of The Churchill Centre (UK) and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, welcomed His Royal Highness and the distinguished guests. Former Prime Minister Sir John Major presented the award to the Prince with the observation: “Our recipient tonight has–over the years–faced his own criticism, his own setbacks, yet held firm to his own beliefs. That is the first of many reasons he is truly worthy of the award made to him.”
In accepting the award The Prince of Wales said: “I am deeply touched, honoured and humbled because of this award. I will cherish the Oscar Nemon sculpture as it is one of the best 65th birthday presents I could have been given.” “I have very fond memories of Sir Winston,” the Prince recalled, “and remember him when I was very young coming to visit The Queen at Clarence House and at Balmoral. I was brought up on countless stories of Sir Winston Churchill, particularly from my uncle Lord Mountbatten, which were very funny.”
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Speaking on behalf of the Churchill family, The Rt. Hon. Nicholas Soames MP remarked: “My grandfather served six monarchs. I suspect that he appreciated more than most just how hard members of the Royal Family work, and how important that work is to our national interest and wellbeing. I know from my own experience that the current Prince of Wales is tireless in his work for this country, both through his official duties and through his incredible charitable work.”
Other notable guests included The Churchill Centre’s Chairman of the Board Laurence Geller and Executive Director Lee Pollock. Dr. Stephen Knapp, President of The George Washington University, soon to be home to the National Churchill Library and Center, also attended. The full text of the acceptance speech made by the Prince of Wales will appear in a forthcoming issue of Finest Hour. To join The Churchill Centre and receive copies of this quarterly journal please CLICK HERE.