Millennium Celebrations: Modern Princes Rap Up in Wales Royals

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The Prince of Wales and his sons William and Harry received a rapturous welcome yesterday at one of a series of special Millennium services attended by members of the Royal Family.

On their first collective visit to Wales, the three Princes attended a service featuring rap singers and dancers, as well as Bible readings in English and Welsh at the Tabernacl Baptist Church in Cardiff.

At the same time, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh led a congregation of about 2,000 in St Paul's Cathedral for an ecumenical service for England, the Princess Royal was at the service for Scotland in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and the Duke of York attended a service in Northern Ireland.

The Prince of Wales and his sons went to the Tabernacl Baptist Church, where the first Songs of Praise service was held in 1961, to see a special performance composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber of the winning prayer in the Celebration 2000 competition.

Suffolk schoolgirl Anna Crompton's winning entry was put to music by the composer and performed by Laura-Michelle Kelly. A hundred harpists from the Welsh Harp College also performed, while 5,000 choristers from the BBC Wales Choir of Choirs helped lead some of the hymn singing.

Patricia Caseley, of Blackwood, who was in the congregation, said: "It was fantastic and was very modern. There was rap and dancing in the middle of the church and there was a really nice, friendly atmosphere. The Princes seemed to especially enjoy the rap singing."

The Princes joined more than 66,000 worshippers at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium for the biggest-ever Songs of Praise service.

Charles, William and Harry linked hands as Sir Cliff Richard performed his Christmas hit The Millennium Prayer, despite suffering from flu.

The royal party arrived at the televised event to a warm welcome before watching Sir Cliff perform his only concert of 2000 before taking a year's rest.

The service attracted the largest-ever gathering in the 38-year history of Songs of Praise, with people travelling from across Britain. …