Britain’s Prince Charles’ gala dinner
Britain’s Prince Charles held a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace yesterday (08.02.16).
The 67-year-old royal was on hand to celebrate the successes of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama as he watched a number of performances at the royal residence.
One of the star performers was nine-year-old pianist Charlotte Kwok, who spoke of her excitement at performing in front of the heir to the throne.
She said: “I was probably the most excited I have ever been. He asked me how old I was and how long I had been playing. He said it was very good.”
Whilst her father added: “We are so pleased for her. She enjoyed it and it is her night. As it is Chinese New Year it is very special for Charlotte to play on this very special night.”
Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Sheen and Ruth Jones were all invited to the showcase.
Michael Sheen also spoke of the “challenge” facing young actors and actresses wanting to break into the industry.
He said: “We want to make sure that people no matter where they are from, no matter what their background, if they have talent, if they have drive, if they have passion, that they can come to the college and go off and work in the wider world.
“The challenge are actors coming from areas where they don’t have the money or the financial support. We don’t want actors just to be all coming from one particular set of circumstances.”