Prince Charles delivers a near-perfect speech

Prince Charles delivers a near-perfect speech

Well done, Prince Charles. His speech at the close of the Queen’s Jubilee Concert last Monday evening was perfectly constructed and beautifully delivered.

It’s not easy to give a speech at the end of any social gathering. But just think how much more difficult it is when you know that many millions are watching you and that the press is ready to jump on any lapse, however minor.

To be hyper-critical, he slightly overused his notes, which meant that we lost too much eye contact. But that is a minor fault, especially when you consider his excellent pace of delivery and vocal modulation, and the way he balanced celebration, historical perspective and praise for all those involved in the concert, with diplomacy, self-deprecating humour and even audience interaction. His speech lasted just five minutes, and there wasn’t one wasted word.

Charles gets plenty of criticism for all sorts of things. For all I know, much of that criticism might be warranted. But on this occasion we should congratulate him on a job very well done.

Article date

June 11th, 2012

Robert Taylor

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