This is the text of the speech that The Duke of Cambridge gave during the Diamond Jubilee tour, at the Vernon Park visit by Her Majesty, with The Duchess of Cambridge:
Your Majesty, Ladies and Gentleman,
I do feel something of an interloper here today. After all, The Queen has been Patron of Fields in Trust - formerly The National Playing Fields Association - for all 60 years of her reign. My grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, who very sadly cannot be here today, has been President for 64 years.
This marvellous charity provides people of all ages, up and down the country, with the space to play sport, keep fit and generally get outside and enjoy themselves in the fresh air. Fields in Trust, I know, is very dear to my grandparents’ hearts, as it is to mine.
This makes it even more satisfying to be here at Vernon Park to celebrate, through The Queen Elizabeth II Fields initiative, the great work this charity does, and has done over the past 87 years since its foundation, in protecting the Nations’ playing fields.
The occasion presents the perfect opportunity for me, through my Patronage of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, to pay tribute to The Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.
On behalf of Fields in Trust, Your Majesty, thank you for all that you and The Duke of Edinburgh have done throughout your reign to protect these vital outdoor places for the Nation. How grateful we all are to you for the extraordinary devotion and love you have shown to the people of this country and the Commonwealth.
On behalf of all of us enjoying ourselves here today, I congratulate the organisers of this event - but most particularly, everyone at Fields in Trust who works so tirelessly to ensure that wonderful places like Vernon Park are protected for future generations to enjoy.
Thank you very much indeed, and have a great afternoon. It just remains for me to ask Your Majesty to open Vernon Park as the latest Queen Elizabeth II Field.