Prince Charles' Glastonbury meeting with veteran republican
Published 26/06/2010 | 00:00
It was an unlikely meeting of minds among the tents at The Glastonbury Festival.
Prince Charles, visiting the world famous festival on its 40th anniversary, came face to face with veteran republican Danny Morrison.
Morrison, credited with coining the infamous Republican slogan that the IRA would progress its campaign “with the armalite in one hand and the ballot box in the other”, was at the festival’s Greenpeace field with his brother Ciaran when the heir to the throne’s entourage arrived.
Speaking after the chance meeting on Thursday, Sinn Fein's former director of publicity Danny Morrison described the prince as “very personable”.
Morrison, a regular at Glastonbury for the past 10 years, said a gathering crowd had everyone hoping Bono had arrived and when they went along to have a nosey, they saw Prince Charles instead.
“When we got up it was Prince Charles...
“He was the only person out of quarter-of-a-million wearing a shirt and tie.
“He asked myself and my brother Ciaran did we actually camp out for three days.
“We come for about six days. He was very personable,” he said.
“I had no problem with him. There is a line drawn through the past,” he told Radio Ulster yesterday.
It remains unclear, however, whether the royal visitor actually knew who he was talking to.
Prince Charles made a brief appearance on the famous Pyramid Stage during his visit, prompting organiser Michael Eavis to say his event had “finally got the royal seal of approval”.
A royal visit would have seemed impossible in one of the darkest days of the festival, 20 years ago.
In 1990 there were clashes between travellers and festival security teams resulting in hundreds of arrests and £50,000 of damage, and put the festival's future in jeopardy.