TALK OF THE TOWN: Duchess of Cornwall to lead star-studded virtual carol concert

The Duchess of Cornwall will lead a star-studded cast for a virtual carol concert to raise funds for a cancer charity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

She has been filmed reading Sir John Betjeman’s 1954 poem Christmas which will be streamed next Sunday (December 13) to raise money for Maggie’s, the support charity of which she is President.

The ‘Carols in the Kitchen’ concert will be hosted by BBC presenter Fiona Bruce and include performances by stars including Dominic West, James Norton and Stanley Tucci. 

The Duchess of Cornwall will lead a star-studded cast for a virtual carol concert to raise funds for a cancer charity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

The Duchess of Cornwall will lead a star-studded cast for a virtual carol concert to raise funds for a cancer charity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

The Duchess of Cornwall will lead a star-studded cast for a virtual carol concert to raise funds for a cancer charity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

The 'Carols in the Kitchen' concert will be hosted by BBC presenter Fiona Bruce, pictured, and include performances by stars including Dominic West, James Norton and Stanley Tucci

The 'Carols in the Kitchen' concert will be hosted by BBC presenter Fiona Bruce, pictured, and include performances by stars including Dominic West, James Norton and Stanley Tucci

The ‘Carols in the Kitchen’ concert will be hosted by BBC presenter Fiona Bruce, pictured, and include performances by stars including Dominic West, James Norton and Stanley Tucci

Lulu has recorded a version of Amazing Grace for the event and the composer Eric Whitacre has written a new choral piece for the occasion.

Stephanie McAlpine, the Chair of Maggie’s Carol Committee said: ‘The Duchess is super supportive of the charity. We initially asked if she would like to record a welcome and were delighted when she offered to do a reading. I sent her several suggestions but they came back to us and said, ‘Do you mind if she reads Christams because it’s one of her favourites’.

While the concert – which can be accessed here – is free, viewers will be encouraged to donate to Maggie’s which runs 26 support centres for cancer patients and their loved ones on hospital sites across the country.

Well, if there is an award for lockdown look of the year, somebody please mail it safely to Dame Joan Collins.

The 87-year-old screen legend looked fantastic with this decadent, diamante and black velvet face mask, which she delicately clutched through leather gloves as she switched on the Burlington Arcade lights in London’s Mayfair last night.

Dame Joan Collins looked fantastic with this decadent, diamante and black velvet face mask, which she delicately clutched through leather gloves as she switched on the Burlington Arcade lights in London’s Mayfair last night

Dame Joan Collins looked fantastic with this decadent, diamante and black velvet face mask, which she delicately clutched through leather gloves as she switched on the Burlington Arcade lights in London’s Mayfair last night

Dame Joan Collins looked fantastic with this decadent, diamante and black velvet face mask, which she delicately clutched through leather gloves as she switched on the Burlington Arcade lights in London’s Mayfair last night

One can only assume there is a plastic layer underneath. Not, you understand, to keep the coronavirus at bay – but surely to keep her wickedly sharp tongue from damaging the immaculate facade.

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