The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Attend Royal Film Performance™ of “1917”

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Royal Ascot, 18 June 2019.


Wednesday 4th December 2019

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Royal Film Performance™ of “1917” in aid of The Film and TV Charity at the ODEON Luxe, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LQ.

Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at the ODEON Luxe where they will meet John Pike and Alex Pumfrey (Chairman and CEO of The Film and TV Charity) plus representatives from and supporters of The Film and TV Charity in the foyer.

TRH will then meet the director, Sam Mendes, upstairs alongside producers and stars of the film including George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Mark Strong and Claire Duburcq.

Her Royal Highness will be presented with a posy before moving into the auditorium to view the film.


At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

The History of the Royal Film Performance™

The first Royal Command Film Performance of “A Matter of Life and Death” took place at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square in 1946 and was attended by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Since then, The Film and TV Charity has held 70 fundraising Royal Film Performance™ events.

The Royal Film Performance™ was created as a unique event to support the work of The Film and TV Charity. The world premiere of “1917”, directed by Sam Mendes, will be the 71st Royal Film Performance™ delivered by the charity in its almost 100-year history.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last attended a Royal Film Performance™ in February 2015 for the showing of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. The Royal Film Performance™ of “Spectre”, which was also directed by Sam Mendes, took place in October 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall and was attended by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry (now The Duke of Sussex).

The Film and TV Charity

The Royal Film Performance™ raises money for the Film and TV Charity. The Film and TV Charity works behind the scenes of the film, television and cinema industry in the UK. From research to writing, through casting and production, to editing, sales, distribution and exhibition, the organisation supports the lives of everyone involved.

Money raised from the Royal Film Performance™ will help the organisation to develop programmes in order to improve mental health support for its sector. It will also help them to run services like their Film and TV Support Line, a completely free, 24/7 helpline for issues including debt, depression and harassment.

The Film and TV Charity was founded as the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund in 1924 and later became The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. HM The Queen has been Patron of the charity since 1952.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of The Film and TV Charity, said “We’re honoured to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to what will be the 71st Royal Film Performance™, shining a light on everyone working behind the scenes of the UK’s thriving film and television industry.”

“The funds raised at this event will mean that we can continue to support the dedicated people working in film and TV with services like our 24 hour Support Line, talent awards and hardship grants.”

The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales is an avid supporter of those working in the Film and Television industry.

HRH is Patron of The British Film Institute which promotes understanding of and access to film and television culture, and operates a film archive. In December 2018, The Prince of Wales visited the BFI Southbank to celebrate 40 years as Patron of the British Film Institute. Early this year, The Prince of Wales, visited the James Bond set at Pinewood Studios.

The Prince of Wales is also President of the Royal Television Society, the leading forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of the television community.

CATCH UP on The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s most recent engagements in the latest issue of Royal Life.

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