In the United Kingdom the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has urged delegates to the Commonwealth Youth Conference to use opportunities for discussion as a means of working towards constructive activities, rather than giving the impression that the Commonwealth is a talking shop only.
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PRINCE CHARLES: "Ladies and gentlemen there are times when I begin to wonder how on earth I can qualify for the position of President of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council. Bearing in mind the increasing ominous departure of all traces of my youth. However apparently I have qualified for this position, therefore find myself being invited to open your conference with a few well-chosen words. I am sure that many positive benefits result from such conferences.
People's minds are broadened, their attitudes and prejudices may be changed or their understanding of other people's problems may affect their outlook when they return home. But I cannot help feeling that as far as the Commonwealth is concerned it is vital to try and show that constructive achievements can be made, if only to illustrate the value of the whole association and to show that it is not simply a convenient excuse for endless talk. I think you will soon be discussing all sorts of varying issues and study groups after I've gone. I can only hope that you'll be able to introduce a little realism and common sense into the discussions, avoiding the perils of political bias."
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Background: In the United Kingdom the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has urged delegates to the Commonwealth Youth Conference to use opportunities for discussion as a means of working towards constructive activities, rather than giving the impression that the Commonwealth is a talking shop only.
Answering questions after his speech Prince Charles said that he did not think it would be a disaster if Britain withdrew from the Commonwealth. "I am sure it could survive without Britain" he added. But he did say that he thought his mother the Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, has an important part to play in keeping it together.
SYNOPSIS: The Prince was speaking as President of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council as he opened the conference at the Commonwealth Institute in London on Thursday (28 July). Young representatives from nearly 50 Commonwealth countries attended the two-day meeting, having previously spent time in various areas of Britain taking part in community projects. As part of the conference programme they discussed their experiences in these situations, after hearing Prince Charles encourage them to regard the Commonwealth as a practical working institution.