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Prince of Wales becomes president of Royal Welsh College

Prince Charles at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's 70th birthday celebrations. Photo: Kiran Ridley Prince Charles at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's 70th birthday celebrations. Photo: Kiran Ridley
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The Prince of Wales has become president of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

He replaces David Rowe-Beddoe, the college’s longest standing president, who is stepping down after 15 years in July. He will continue his relationship with the college, becoming Chairman Laureate.

John Derrick, chair of the board, said “We are so honoured and excited that His Royal Highness is developing his support of the college in this way and the news marks our 70th birthday in a very special way.”

He added: “As our treasured patron for the last 20 years, His Royal Highness has always taken an active and passionate interest in the progress of the college and its students and we are absolutely delighted that the relationship is deepening and will continue to grow.”

Principal Helena Gaunt praised Rowe-Beddoe as “a visionary supporter of its advancement over many years”.

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