It’s not often the public hears from Prince Charles, but the future king has broken his silence with a beautiful poetry reading to honour Scottish bard, Robert Burns.
Scotland celebrates Burns Night on January 25 each year, with people across the country hosting dinners and playing traditional music in honour of their favourite home-grown poet.
To mark the occasion, Clarence House released an audio clip of Charles reciting Burns’ ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’. The clip quickly generated praise for the prince with many complementing his dulcet tones and even requesting he release an audio book.
“He could read me a bedtime story every night and I would be fast asleep like a baby in a cradle in seconds!!” one woman wrote. “Simply amazing. I wish HRH Prince Charles would narrate a book, or twenty,” added another.
The Royal family have long celebrated Burns Night, with the Queen and Prince Philip taking part in numerous dances and dinners over the years. They even released a special flashback photo of pair dancing an eightsome reel during the Centenary Ball of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ in Edinburgh in 1982 to mark the occasion on Thursday.
Happy Burns Night! This photograph, taken in 1982, shows The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh dance an eightsome reel during the Centenary Ball of the Royal Scottish Pipers' in Edinburgh. Burns Night celebrates the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who was born #OTD in 1759. #BurnsNight2018 📷 PA
Burns was born in Scotland in 1759 and made a name for himself as a magnificent lyricist, poet and musician. His most famous piece is ‘Auld Lang Syne’, written in 1788, and now sung by millions in the English-speaking world every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight.
He later penned the patriotic song Scots Wha Hae, which served as Scotland’s unofficial national anthem before being replaced by Scotland the Brave.
So beloved is Burns that the Scots decided to give him his very own day to celebrate and remember his contribution to their great country. Families and friends gather on the cold winter’s evening across the country every year to sing, read Burns’ poetry and fill their bellies with traditional Scottish foods.
Guest are usually welcomed to the sounds of Scottish music or a piper, depending on the nature of the gathering, and the night often ends with a rowdy rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.