In full swing . . . Charles launches Ryder Cup
Published 30/09/2010 | 05:00
Britian's Prince Charles launched the Ryder Cup with a swing yesterday at a star-studded concert and dinner in Cardiff, Wales.
The city's famous Millennium Stadium played host to the concert as local girl Catherine Zeta-Jones briefly addressed the audience as festivities got under way.
Wearing a breath-taking scarlet dress she said: "I am only 40 miles away from where I grew up in Swansea.
"It is always lovely to come home but (especially) for such an exciting event as this.
"We are here, of course, for the golf so we give a warm welcome to both the American and the European teams."
The prince took to the stage and hailed the Ryder Cup 2010 for the beneficial effect the event will have on the economy of Wales.
He added: "But it will also put this very special country on the TV screens of a worldwide audience."
He concluded: "My thoroughly impartial best wishes to all the competitors."
Later the prince travelled on to Cardiff Castle, where he dined with both teams in sumptuous medieval-style surroundings.
"They were served a starter of asparagus and smoked salmon with hen's egg," a source at the castle said.
Earlier, Charles began his official visit of the Ryder Cup 2010 facilities with a tour of the Celtic Manor clubhouse.
He walked out onto its balcony and publicly met team Europe captain Colin Montgomerie and team US captain Corey Pavin.