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Prince recites Burns for archive

Prince Charles reads Burns' work in Dumfries House
Charles recited the works during a visit to Dumfries House in Ayrshire

The Prince of Wales has recorded two of his favourite Robert Burns' poems for a BBC Scotland audio project.

Prince Charles recited My Heart's In The Highlands and My Love is like a Red Red Rose for a planned archive.

The three-year project, which will see the 600-plus works of Burns read by a host of well-known figures, is being officially launched on Sunday.

First Minister Alex Salmond and actors Robert Carlyle, Alan Cumming, Robbie Coltrane and Brian Cox will take part.

The project is being launched on Sunday to mark the 250th anniversary of the poet's birth.

The prince recited the works during a visit this week to Dumfries House, the Ayrshire stately home built in the year Burns was born.

The archive plan was announced in the autumn by BBC Scotland's head of radio, Jeff Zycinski, who said: "Burns still resonates hugely more than two centuries after he penned over 600 poems and songs, both here in Scotland and beyond.

"This project will ensure that his works are available to everyone for years to come."

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