The Prince of Wales is reportedly in talks to create an opera celebrating the life of his grandmother, the late Queen Mother. According to yesterday's Sunday Times, Prince Charles has discussed the idea with Patrick Doyle, who he previously commissioned to write the choral piece, "The Thistle and the Rose", as part of the Queen Mother's 90th birthday celebrations in 1990. A commentator in the newspapers said the Queen Mother's "long and interesting life spanning the century....would make a wonderfully dramatic opera". Apparently, the Prince's life-long interest in the performing arts was sparked by his grandmother, who first took him to the ballet when he was seven. The Queen Mother - a patron of numerous arts institutions, including the Royal National Theatre - passed away on 30 March 2002.