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Earlier this week, Prince Charles paid a visit to a production plant for Mini cars in Oxford. The company, which makes the Mini Cooper, now produces electric vehicles at the Cowley, Oxfordshire plant, in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. While giving a speech at the factory, the Prince of Wales spoke about the importance of such technology, especially when it comes to the next generation—a generation that now includes the Prince's new granddaughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Little Lili was born to parents Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on Friday in Santa Barbara, California. Though her grandfather, Prince Charles, expressed his joy over social media, today was the first time the future King commented on the birth in person. He said he had "recently become a grandfather for the fifth time" and called Lili's arrival "such happy news."
"The development of technology like electric vehicles, or green hydrogen for that matter for heavy transport, is vital for maintaining the health of our world for future generations, something I'm only too aware of today having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time," Charles said, per BBC, tying in Lili's birth to his production plant visit. "And such happy news really does remind one of the necessity of continued innovation in this area, especially around sustainable battery technology, in view of the legacy we bequeath to our grandchildren."
After his speech, the Prince got to drive one of the electric Minis. He drove around the plant and then proceeded to quote a line from the movie, The Italian Job, which features Mini Coopers.
He joked, "If I may say so, at least my test drive a moment ago was on the whole without incident... To paraphrase the immortal words of Sir Michael Caine 'at least I didn't blow the bloody doors off.'"
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