Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 02:26 GMT
Prince dogged by hunt issue
The Queen awards the Royal Charter to the Prince's Trust
Tony Blair has met the Prince of Wales amid growing controversy over Prince William's attendance at a fox-hunt at the weekend.
MP Mike Foster, who sponsored a failed Private Member's Bill to ban fox-hunting, told the BBC: "It's not a matter of whether it's a legal activity. It's a matter of the lead that someone very public like the Prince of Wales shows.
But the editor of Horse and Hound magazine, Arnold Garvey, called his comments emotional rhetoric.
"Prince Charles has got the freedom to go hunting, his son wants to go hunting, and why shouldn't he?" said Mr Garvey.
"He's a countryman and he really knows the issues."
The issue is overshadowing what should be a day of celebration for the prince.
Monday night's presentation to the Prince of Wales, who set up the trust in 1976, was broadcast on BBC television and BBC Radio 5 Live.
In a warm personal tribute, the Queen told her son: "I would like to take this opportunity to say to you, Charles, how proud I am of everything you have accomplished with the Trust and the way you, personally, have inspired this organisation."
In reply, the Prince thanked his mother for the honour, adding how proud he was "of every one out of the more than 400,000 whom the Trust has helped".
The Royal Charter is being awarded in recognition of the trust's work in helping young people develop confidence, gain skills and find work.
The evening ceremony is being co-hosted by David Akinsanya, who spent time in prison but became a BBC producer after being helped by the trust. It enabled him to start his career with a typewriter and a filing cabinet.
She met co-ordinators, workers and future residents of the scheme on a housing estate in Notting Hill, west London.
"I was struck by the enthusiasm, commitment and hope of the young people working on the housing project and also by how the Prince's Trust was helping to change their lives for the better," she said.
Trust chief executive Tom Shebbeare said the charter would show that the organisation was a long-term project, as charters are reserved for bodies that can demonstrate pre-eminence and permanence.
"It won't make any practical difference to the way we do business, but it will allow us to plan for the long term," he said.
The trust hopes to help a further 30,000 people start their own business in the next five years.