70th Birthday Gala at Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Gala at Buckingham Palace in celebration of The Prince’s 70th Birthday and His Royal Highness’s longstanding support of the arts.

The evening was led by Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Kevin O’Hare CBE, Director of The Royal Ballet and was produced by David Whelton OBE.

Sir Bryn Terfel, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh were amongst the performers who took to the stage in the Buckingham Palace Ballroom. 

The Prince of Wales is Patron of more than 70 arts organisations including The Royal Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Ballet, who all featured in the evening’s programme.

Addressing the guests and Their Royal Highnesses, Stephen Fry said: "Everyone who works in the field of arts in this country knows how extremely and freakishly lucky we are that our Prince of Wales has such a genuine knowledge of, unquenchable thirst for, and understanding of the role and value of the arts in our public and our personal lives…when it comes to the arts in this country you are, Sir, absolutely committed".