Dame Joan Collins was one of several celebrities visiting Buckingham Palace yesterday for the Prince’s Trust 40th anniversary garden party.
5,000 people, including A-listers Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Roger Moore, Gemma Arterton and Fearne Cotton, turned up to the landmark celebration for the charity.
Dame Joan presented Prince Charles with a portrait of himself made up of hundreds of images of those who have been aided by or supported the trust.
“It was my privilege to be able to present it.,” said Dame Joan. “His
innovation not only saw the creation of the charity 40 years ago but
continues to drive the work it does today.”
Charles also received a bronze bust of himself, created by sculptor Frances Segelman, which is to be installed in the charity’s head office.
Prince Charles set up the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help young people using his £7,400 severance pay from the Royal Navy.
Sir Ben Kingsley, a trust ambassador for two decades, said: “To meet the people helped by the charity and hear their uninterrupted confidence and self-worth, which is so beautiful, having had their lives shattered by illness or poverty or abuse, is so inspiring.
“At the centre of it is HRH’s profound affection for what he does and the people for whom he does it. It’s a very rare combination.”