Prince of Wales Joins Celebration of Sikh Holy Book

September 26, 2004

Source: The Scotsman/PA News

On September 26, 2004 PA News reported, "The Prince of Wales today celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Sikh Holy Scriptures. The heir to the throne joined more than 5,000 people in London’s Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the first reading of the Guru Granth Sahib Verses. Charles, wearing a garland of flowers around his neck, told the congregation of the importance of tolerance and respect as featured in the sacred books. 'I was particularly struck by the fact that much of what was being said for example – tolerance and respect for others – seemed to be in harmony with the views that I, too, have been trying to express the last 20 or more years – views I have to say which have sometimes landed me in some rather hot unholy water,' he said. He also warned of the modern world’s lack of individual responsibility 'egocentric aspect of humanity which has grown unchecked'. A message from the Queen containing her best wishes for the event was read to the congregation."