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Royals and celebrities gather to honour military heroes

The Prince of Wales (centre) is greeted by Air Chief Marshal Stephen Dalton (left) as he arrives to attend 'A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards' at the Imperial War Museum in London. Picture: Matt Dunham/PA Wire The Prince of Wales (centre) is greeted by Air Chief Marshal Stephen Dalton (left) as he arrives to attend 'A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards' at the Imperial War Museum in London. Picture: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Friday, December 7, 2012
11:52 AM

Olympians, celebrities and top models joined the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for the most glamorous military awards of the year.

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Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA WireFrank Lampard and Christine Bleakley. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at the Sun Military Awards on a cold but proud night at the Imperial War Museum in south London in a silver Bentley.

Last night’s event, also known as the Millies or Night of Heroes, brought together the cream of the crop from the world’s of cinema, sport, television and fashion.

Attendees included footballer Frank Lampard and his girlfriend Christine Bleakley, comedian Ricky Gervais, actor Kevin Spacey and model Elle Macpherson.

Singer and TV personality Myleene Klass was among the judges who decided the winners of last night’s awards.

Helen Flanagan, recently back from the I'm A Celebrity... jungle, wore a low-cut black dress. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA WireHelen Flanagan, recently back from the I'm A Celebrity... jungle, wore a low-cut black dress. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The 34-year-old said that, as a “Navy brat”, she was honoured to have taken part in what she described as a difficult task.

Speaking on the red carpet, she said: “How do you choose? The difficult thing is that you already know they are going to get up on the stage and say they were just doing their job.

“But you just think ‘well, actually, when you think of what our jobs are, comparatively, you are a hero’.”

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who also performed judging duties for the awards, said he was privileged to come and listen to the servicemen and women’s stories.

David Haye and Ashley Roberts from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA WireDavid Haye and Ashley Roberts from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

He said: “It is a fantastic thing, it is a slightly less stuffy recognition of some extraordinary sacrifice.”

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton said the military deserved special praise this year for their role in helping make the Games a success.

She said: “It is important to celebrate and thank all the people who help us in the military all across the world every day.

“And also they played a very special role this summer, one we are very grateful of and really made the experience for people coming to London to watch the Games something really special.”

Myleene Klass was among the judges for the awards. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA WireMyleene Klass was among the judges for the awards. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

With Prince Charles in attendance after recently learning he is to become a grandfather, many stars took the opportunity to congratulate the Royal Family on their good news.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who was there to hand out one of the awards, said: “How exciting for him, but also for us.

“We are going to love it, it is fantastic news.”

Earlier in the day, the Prince said he was “thrilled” that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, adding: “It is a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age.”

Victoria Pendleton. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA WireVictoria Pendleton. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Other guests at the event included the latest inhabitants of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, including Helen Flanagan, David Haye and Linda Robson.

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