The Prince of Wales chose Dylan Thomas' 'Fern Hill' for the recording, which he describes as a "poignant and moving evocation of a rural west Wales childhood".
'Fern Hill' is one of Thomas's best known poems and recently came fourth in a list of poems most frequently requested by listeners to BBC Radio Four's 'Poetry Please' programme, over a 35 year period.
For National Poetry Day, I was very glad, if somewhat hesitant! – to be able to record a reading of one of my personal favourites, 'Fern Hill', with its poignant and moving evocation of a rural west Wales childhood. I cannot help feeling this is one of the great legacies of Thomas's poetry – that it inspires people to appreciate the incomparable landscape of Wales.
Dylan Thomas's granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, is also a Patron of the . She met The Prince during his visits to Cwmdonkin Drive - Thomas' birthplace and the Boat House, where the poet wrote many of his major works.
She said: "I was so pleased to meet The Prince at my grandfather's birthplace in Swansea in his capacity as Royal Patron, and then again with The Duchess of Cornwall at the boathouse in Laugharne during the summer.
"It’s fantastic that he is closely involving himself in our centenary celebrations with a reading that my grandfather would have loved, of a poem that meant so much to him and our family."