Today, July 5th, marks the 73rd anniversary of the NHS. The milestone was marked by a host of special commemorations, including a ‘thank you day’ awarded on Sunday – for which Prince Charles gave a new interview revealing some of his favorite songs.
The Queen’s son made some candid revelations during his conversation with the Hospital Broadcasting Association (a national charity that supports Hospital Broadcasting across the UK), including speaking about his reverence for the famous actress and American singer Barbra Streisand.
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The 72-year-old chose “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” originally performed by Streisand in the hit Broadway musical in 1964. Funny girl, as one of his best songs. “I have always been a great admirer of the incredibly versatile American actress and singer Barbra Streisand,” noted Charles, praising her “dazzling” talent.
The royal met the musical theater star in person in 1974, when he was 26. Charles watched Streisand perform at Warner Bros Studios in Culver City, Calif. While serving as a lieutenant on HMS Jupiter, recalling the couple having a ‘special reunion’. The two maintained their friendship and Streisand continued to perform at Wembley in 1994 to raise funds to benefit Charles’s Prince’s Trust.
The new show, which aired at 12 p.m. on Sunday July 4, was titled Music and memories with HRH the Prince of Wales. Other favorites chosen by the royal include âGivin ‘Up, Givin’ Inâ by The Three Degrees, which performed on its 30th anniversary. Charles recalled that the song “a long time ago made me want to get up and dance.” Meanwhile, for more contemplative moods, he spoke of his fondness for the Welsh hymn “Tydi a Roddaist” by Bryn Terfel, calling it “a prayer for these divine qualities of beauty, peace and harmony. are reflected in our own lives “.
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Among the royal family’s most beloved songs are âLa Vie En Roseâ by Edith Piaf, âUpside Downâ by Diana Ross and âThey Can’t Take That Away From Meâ by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Speaking of the importance of the HBA, Charles said during the show, âAt all times, hospital radio is providing invaluable service to patients, staff and families.
âIn this day and age, as we have faced the effects of this terrible pandemic, the role of hospital radio has been even more important, and I know it has been of immeasurable value in connecting people, bringing comfort and companionship, and boosting people’s morale when needed.
He also said he had been “deeply impressed by the dedication shown by our wonderful staff and NHS volunteers across the country”, thanking them for their “sheer resilience and indomitable spirit”.
A Spotify playlist of all of Charles’ 13 selected songs has now been shared through Clarence House’s social media accounts, so music lovers can indulge in a little royal listening at home.
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