I’m a celebrity… get me in there! Court jesters Ant and Dec will be among the VIPs at the King’s Coronation as long-term ambassadors of the Prince’s Trust
- Ant and Dec are supporters and ‘goodwill ambassadors’ of the Prince’s Trust
TV presenters Ant and Dec lead the well-known faces who have secured coveted invitations to Saturday’s Coronation.
The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! stars will attend the event at Westminster Abbey as long-term supporters and ‘goodwill ambassadors’ of the Prince’s Trust.
The pair said they were ‘incredibly proud’ of their work with the charity, which was set up by the King in 1976 to help vulnerable young people.
Other celebrity attendees include American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, who is chairman of the trust’s global ambassador group and will be performing at the official Coronation Concert the next day.
British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, a global ambassador for the trust, has also been invited.
TV presenters Ant and Dec lead the well-known faces who have secured coveted invitations to Saturday’s Coronation
And so has rocker Kelly Jones, lead singer of chart-topping Welsh band Stereophonics, who received a grant from the charity to buy new speakers before they signed a record deal so they could perform live.
Other high-profile alumni of the charity invited to the event include magician Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, who received support, advice and a business start-up loan.
He said: ‘The Prince’s Trust gave me the support no one else would and it changed my life – that’s real magic.’
They will be joined by young people who have been supported by the Prince’s Trust, a sign of just how passionate the King remains about the organisation which has helped more than a million young people since it started.
Last night, Buckingham Palace announced that Their Majesties’ Coronation Service, in just four days, will be attended by a congregation of more than 2,200 people.
It is a significant drop from the 8,000 invited to the late Queen’s but in line with the King’s wish for a more stream-lined and cheaper ceremony.
Last night Buckingham Palace announced that Their Majesties’ Coronation Service, in just four days, will be attended by a congregation of more than 2,200 people
Guests attending will include international representatives from 203 countries. This includes approximately 100 heads of state and monarchs, as well as foreign ministers, governors-general and prime ministers from the 14 foreign realms where Charles is still King.
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VIPs include US First Lady Dr Jill Biden, King Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain and the King and Queen of Tonga. Political, religious and military representatives will attend as will guests from both the King and Queen Consort’s patronages, the diplomatic corps, public service organisations and the emergency services.
Award-winning British-Ghanaian hairstylist Charlotte Mensah is attending after receiving a grant in 1999 from The Prince’s Trust which allowed her to set up her own salon, Hair Lounge, on London’s Portobello Road.
Also present will be Hassan Alkhawam, 25, who sought sanctuary in Northern Ireland with his family in 2017 after escaping the conflict in Syria.
He was supported by the trust as he applied to study software engineering at university and now runs his own local social enterprise. He told the Mail: ‘I’ll always be grateful to His Majesty The King for setting up The Prince’s Trust, which helped me so much when I first arrived in the UK to achieve a better life for myself and for my family.’
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