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Prince Charles admits Welsh band are a personal favourite...

CATATONIA have been given a royal seal of approval as PRINCE CHARLES has admitted the Welsh band are one of his favourite groups.

Speaking to children’s television presenters Ant & Dec ahead of this afternoon’s (July 8) Party In The Park event in London – an event organised in association with Charles’ Prince’s Trust charity – the heir to the throne said: “I don’t buy an awful lot of music, mostly for gifts for birthdays and Christmas. But there is a group called Catatonia I like.”

Talking about other acts he likes, Charles added: “The Spice Girls were a lot of fun. And Geri Halliwell is fantastic, terrific. I love jazz but I’m a great admirer of Phil Collins, Jools Holland, Elton John. I also used to rather love Dire Straits. I’m also mad keen on Diana Ross, soul music.”

Today’s show in Hyde Park marks the 25th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust. Around 100,000 will appear at the event to see acts such as Destiny’s Child, Craig David, Atomic Kitten, Geri Halliwell, a resurgent Eddy Grant, Ronan Keating and Wheatus.