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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend an event to mark 10 years of the British Asian Trust

6th February 2018

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend an event to mark 10 years of the British Asian Trust

Their Royal Highnesses with music producer Naughty Boy and Kanika Kapoor

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall tonight attended a dinner at Buckingham Palace to mark 10 years of the British Asian Trust.

His Royal Highness founded the British Asian Trust in 2007 to help combat poverty and hardship in South Asia. To date, the charity has touched the lives of close to four million people through education, training and healthcare.

During the event, The Prince used the dinner to announce the charity’s new £7.2 million Development Impact Bond, aimed at providing education to 200,000 Indian children. 

Musician Naughty Boy and singer Kanika Kapoor provided the entertainment.

The Prince told guests: "The British Asian community has excelled in almost every area of life, whether it be academia, the arts, media, or of course business, and has made a profound and indispensable contribution to the United Kingdom for many decades.

"The diaspora is characterised, perhaps above all, by an extraordinary generosity and deeply held desire to help those who are most vulnerable and in need.

"The passion that my wife and I feel for the work of my British Asian Trust is driven by what we have seen for ourselves during our visits to South Asia when, as most recently in India last November, we have both been so deeply touched by the tremendously positive impact that the Trust is having on the ground."

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the British Asian Trust 10th anniversary dinner at Buckingham Palace

Published on 6th February 2018

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

My wife and I could not be more delighted to be with all of you this evening in order to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of my British Asian Trust. It hardly seems possible that a decade has passed since we launched the Trust on a rain-sodden cricket pitch in Glasgow on what might be called a typical Summer's day in July 2007…

When I first had the initial idea for the Trust, following my visits to India and Pakistan in 2006, I could scarcely have dared to dream that it would have the remarkable success that it has since enjoyed and that it would touch the lives of so many people in need across South Asia.

And yet, perhaps, I should not be surprised that it has succeeded as it has because, at its heart, the Trust is driven by the extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit of the British Asian Community – and, of course, it has been incredibly fortunate, as have I, to have both Manoj Badale and Hitan Mehta to drive it forwards from the start and now with Richard Hawkes playing such a key role. That British Asian community has excelled in almost every area of life – whether it be academia, the arts, media or, of course, business – and has made a profound and indispensable contribution to the United Kingdom for many decades. 

Furthermore, what is clear to me, as I reflect on ten years of the British Asian Trust, is that the Diaspora is characterized – perhaps above all – by an extraordinary generosity and a deeply-held desire to help those who are ...

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