The Prince of Wales took to the stage at the GQ's Men of the Year awards last night, to thank the magazine for an winning an unexpected award.
Charles, who was talking to a room full of celebrities, including the Bodyguard actor Richard Madden and actress Kate Beckinsale, was there to collect an award for his charity work. He was awarded the Editor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to philanthropy.
However the King-in-waiting started his speech with a joke about his dress sense. He said, “I want to apologise for being wrongly dressed, I feared none of you would be able to compete with my snazzy dinner jacket.
“When I first heard about this award I thought it must be a mistake and it was a fashion award. With fashion I’m like a stopped clock,” he carried on.
He also went on to thank GQ’s editor, jokingly saying, “I’m grateful to Dylan to give me a preview of my obituary.”
Mocking the size of the award Prince Charles also said, “I’m enormously grateful for this award and I see its something I can throw at a burglar.”
Charles has undeniably done much to help out important causes throughout his royal career. He started the The Prince’s Trust in the mid-1970s, and supports charities in a broad range of areas including the arts, responsible business and enterprise. The Princes Trust raises over £100m every year for its charities.
Joking aside, the Prince of Wales turned serious when he spoke about his charity work. He confessed,”It wasn’t easy at the start when trying to set up these charities and raise money. Spending money on worthwhile projects is relatively easy but making it is harder.
“There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the difference you can make to young people’s lives.”
Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ said, “We are particularly honoured to be able to dedicate The Prince of Wales with this award during British GQ’s 30th Anniversary this year.”
Other winners on the night included Harry Kane for sportsman of the year and Noami Campbell as fashion icon. Lucky winners all took home a goody bag worth £13,000.