Prince Charles Reveals His Sweet Contribution to Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding

Prince Charles, 71, also reflected on how his grandmother, the Queen Mother, influenced his love of music and performance art from an early age — and hinted how he wants to encourage that passion in his own grandchildren.

When asked about his first time hearing classical music, the royal said, "Well, I suppose various people would play it around me. My grandmother used to play quite a bit of music, so I would hear something there. But I suspect the first time I really became aware of it was being taken by my grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to Covent Garden aged 7, I think. It must have been in 1956 to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform. It was their first visit to the United Kingdom and I shall never forget that incredible occasion."

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"I was completely inspired by it," Prince Charles continued, "Which is why it's so important, I think, for grandparents or other relations to take children at about the age of 7 to experience some form of the arts in performance."

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