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Phil Collins joins Prince Charles party to thank ambassadors

1002The Prince of Wales has thanked pop stars, actors and sports personalities for their support of The Prince's Trust at a garden party.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall held the reception at their Highgrove home near Tetbury, in Gloucestershire.

Among the some 100 guests were some of the first celebrity ambassadors for the trust including Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Phillip Schofield and Gary Lineker, who took part in some of the earliest schemes and fundraising events for the charity.

They were joined by stars including Sir Ben Kingsley, Amanda Burton, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jeremy Irons, Joss Stone, Kate Adie, and Aleisha Dixon, ahead of her debut as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, who was seen enjoying a joke with Charles.

The celebrity ambassadors were given a tour of the Highgrove estate before having lunch of an asparagus and pea risotto followed by summer berries with pannacotta.

Charles and Camilla spoke with their guests, some of them friends, about the work of the Prince's Trust.

Prince's Trust ambassadors take part in a variety of activities to support the youth charity, including helping to raise funds and awareness.

The Prince's Trust gives practical and financial support to help disadvantaged young people aged between 14 and 30 develop workplace skills.

Gary Lineker and new wife Danielle returned from Italy where they were married last week to attend the party and also to see the new Mrs Lineker's daughter Ella off to school.

Lineker said: "I have been a Prince's Trust ambassador for going back 20 years and it is has been a real privilege to be able to meet people who have benefited from the scheme and turned their life around."

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