Representatives from the Georgian Theatre Royal joined the Prince of Wales at a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace this week celebrate his 70th year.
The event – the first of a number of official occasions to mark Prince Charles’s 70th birthday in November – was used to celebrate the work of the charities and organisations, for whom the Prince is a patron.
The Georgian Theatre Royal joined more than 400 charities at the garden party together with the military regiments that the Prince is affiliated with and others involved in public service.
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Among the royal guests were the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their first official engagement since their marriage last week, and the Duke of York.
The Georgian Theatre Royal was granted a Royal Patronage by TRHs The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall following their visit to Richmond in 2005, in what was their first joint patronage.
During the visit to the Theatre, The Prince of Wales unveiled a commemorative plaque and after watching youngsters from the Youth Theatre perform a specially written play for the occasion, recalled his own acting days as a student.
He later wrote and said: “As anyone who has seen a performance in this North Yorkshire gem will testify, the experience is an enchanting one.
“The small scale and intimate atmosphere gives this Theatre a special quality that has delighted performers and audiences through the centuries. It also captivates all who visit it as a museum.
“Perhaps one of its most impressive aspects is the way in which this Theatre of international importance remains at the heart of its local community and, through the work with young people, inspires the next generation.”
Clare Allen, chief executive of the Georgian Theatre Royal, was one of those who travelled down to London for the celebrations along with trustees, volunteers and Friends of The Georgian Theatre Royal
“It was a huge honour for the Theatre to be invited to such a prestigious occasion and to be counted amongst such a wide range of organisations that work so hard to promote charitable causes across the country.
“It was a tremendous day and we hope that everyone who supports and loves our theatre – as a volunteer, performer or audience member – can feel very proud.”