The royals will read from the classic Christmas tale to raise awareness about the Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) which has received more requests for help this year than ever before.
Tom Hardy, Dame Maggie Smith, Joanna Lumley, and Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa , as well as the ABF’s president Dame Penelope Keith, also read extracts in the video.
Prince Charles (pictured) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were joined by James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench as well as a host of A-list stars to narrate ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas for charity.
The royals read from the classic Christmas tale to raise awareness about the Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) which has received more requests for help this year than ever before. Camilla is pictured
The Prince of Wales read the famous opening lines of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem: ”Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’
Charles is the ABF’s patron and came up with the idea of gathering a group of actors for the reading after being approached by the charity to help following Covid-19’s major impact on the acting profession.
Coronavirus restrictions have left theatres and cinemas empty this Christmas after a year when many actors have seen work projects cancelled or postponed.
The prince and his wife recorded the poem at their London home Clarence House, and were joined by some of the actors including Lumley, Hardy and Gatwa who read their lines under Covid-19 regulations over the past few weeks.
The full video will be posted on Clarence House’s social media channels on Christmas Eve.
The ABF supports actors, actresses and stage managers who are unable to work due to illness, injury or old age and those experiencing financial hardship.
Joanna Lumley, pictured, was among the stars featuring in the festive video which was partially filmed at Clarence House
Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa, left, and Tom Hardy, right, will also appear in the video, which will be released on social media tomorrow
Where will the royal family spend Christmas?
Charles and Camilla: Understood to be spending it alone at their home of Highgrove but will see Queen and Phillip ‘at some point’ during the holidays.
They will also see Camilla’s children Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes at some point.
Prince William and Kate Middleton: Could spend Christmas at Anmer Hall, Norfolk or with the Middletons in Berkshire.
The Wessexes: Prince Edward and Sophie are likely to spend Christmas at their home of Bagshot Park in Surrey.
The Yorks: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are likely to spend Christmas with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, as well as their husbands Jack Brooksbank and Edo Mapelli Mozzi. They may spend Christmas at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
Princess Anne: The Princess Royal may spend Christmas with her children Zara Tindall, who is expecting her third child, and Peter Philips and their families on their estate of Gatcombe.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: The Sussexes are spending Christmas in California.
Before the pandemic the ABF mainly supported those of retirement age but during 2020 they have been largely helping those aged 18-47.
In April the charity launched an Emergency Grant Fund to support those experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Charles and Camilla have been supporting the arts and entertainment sector during the recent difficult period.
In May, Charles raised concerns about how orchestras and theatres would survive the coronavirus crisis.
And during a tour of London’s 100 Club and Soho Theatre at the start of December, the prince said he was ‘praying’ entertainment venues would be able to reopen soon.
This year, the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will forgo their traditional Christmas festivities at Sandringham and remain at Windsor Castle for December 25, where they have been isolating with a ‘bubble’ of staff since October due to the ongoing pandemic.
It means the couple face spending Christmas Day without any of their four children for the first time since 1949, when the then Princess Elizabeth left a one-year-old Charles in the UK so she could be with Prince Philip in Malta.
It was believed Charles, 72, and Camilla, 73, would visit Highgrove, their country home, for Christmas, but it not known if they will stay at Clarence House amid new Tier changes.
Today, the heir to the throne met with hospital workers after appearing in a video to praise a Surrey retirement village for its ‘indomitable community spirit and resilience’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
He met with members of staff during a visit to the Tetbury hospital to thank them for their work during the pandemic.
It comes after he appeared in a video for the Whiteley Homes Trust in Walton on Thames, where he praised staff and residents and said they should be ‘truly proud’ of their efforts throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
Speaking via video from Clarence House, Charles, who has been patron of the charity since 2007 expressed ‘particular gratitude’ to ‘care and nursing staff for their inspirational commitment’.