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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 February, 2003, 15:07 GMT
Prince Charles honours stars
Bryn Terfel at the awards
Bryn Terfel at the awards
The Prince of Wales has formally honoured a Welsh opera star and rugby legend at an investiture in Cardiff.

Dressed in full Royal Navy uniform, Prince Charles presented baritone Bryn Terfel and former rugby international Gerald Davies with CBEs.

The Prince also formally handed a CBE to Professor Teresa Rees.

Professor Rees and the two stars were among 30 people receiving their New Year's Honours Awards - in recognition of work within the community - at Cardiff University.

Davies, who played for London Welsh, Cardiff and the Barbarians, gained 46 caps in his rugby career, but was honoured for his work with young people.

The 57-year-old, who is originally from Llansaint in Carmarthenshire, said: "I have always believed that our young people are our future.

Bridgend Youth Theatre with Prince Charles
Prince Charles chats with young people in Bridgend

"Unless we take note of that and encourage and nuture young people, our future could be very bleak."

Terfel's Faenol music festival in his native Gwynedd saw 20,000 people enjoying a three-day show over August bank holiday.

He said he saw the award as recognition of the years of work that he had put in to train and perfect his singing.

"I guess it's an accolade that shows you have spent a huge portion of your life dedicating yourself to what you are going to become." he said.

The Prince then met 11 children, currently undergoing treatment at Llandough Hospital for cancer and leukemia who presented him with a bunch of daffodils for St David's Day.

They also gave him a mountain ash tree for Highgrove and a mug that dated back to his own investiture as Prince of Wales at Cardiff Castle.

Tony Curtis, Patron and chairman of NSPCC in Wales said: "He was fantastic. He was joking with them.

Bridgend Youth Theatre
Bridgend Youth Theatre perform for the prince
"They are going for a pizza afterwards and he asked what they would have on it."

Jack Jones, 8, from Tredegar, said the Prince asked him which football team he supported.

"I told him Arsenal - and he said Prince Harry supports Arsenal," said the boy.

The Prince was to end his visit at the Bridgend Youth Theatre at Pyle, to watch young people peform their version of the opera The Elixir of Dreams.

The youngsters are taking part in an outreach project organsed by Welsh National Opera.




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