Comics greet Charles and Camilla at Prince’s Trust event

21:57 28 November 2012

The couple met Ben Elton at the comedy gala. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The couple met Ben Elton at the comedy gala. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by a host of comedians at the Prince’s Trust annual comedy gala tonight.

Stephen K Amos couldn't resist the invitation. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireStephen K Amos couldn't resist the invitation. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Charles and Camilla arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in central Londonto watch We Are Most Amused.

The royal couple met Joan Rivers, and the creative director of the show, Ben Elton, and fellow comics Rowan Atkinson and Miranda Hart.

Camilla was dressed in a black sequinned dress and Charles wore a black suit.

Youth charity the Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track.

The Duchess of Cornwall walked the red carpet. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireThe Duchess of Cornwall walked the red carpet. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The trust supports 13 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Rivers said she was looking forward to performing at the charity event but still got nervous when performing.

“I’m always very, very nervous before a performance,” she said.

“I’m happy after a performance, I’m terrible before.”

Stephen K Amos said that “when the Prince of Wales asked you to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, you don’t say no.

“It’s a wonderful cause, the Prince’s Trust helps and encourages young disadvantaged people - it’s amazing,” Amos said.

The Prince’s Trust gala series launched in 1982 with the trust’s first Rock Gala.

We Are Most Amused will mark the trust’s 11th gala event.

The trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.

Three in four young people supported by the Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day.

Many of the young people helped by the Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.

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