Jeremy Irons has lunch with Prince Charles

Jeremy Irons was among 100 celebrity guests of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at a party at Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, to thank them for their support of the Prince’s Trust charity over the years.

Check out the Daily Mail Online for more about the event.

Prince party to thank ambassadors

(UKPA) – 7 hours ago

The Prince of Wales 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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More South Africa photos from the Academy of Achievement International Summit 2009

Jeremy Irons moderates the Golden Plate Awards ceremonies at the 2009 International Achievement Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jeremy Irons moderates the Golden Plate Awards ceremonies at the 2009 International Achievement Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jeremy Irons in a moment of reflection at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons in a moment of reflection at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons before an afternoon symposium at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons before an afternoon symposium at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons shares a tender moment with Rosie Mashale, founder of the Baphumelele orphanage during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons shares a tender moment with Rosie Mashale, founder of the Baphumelele orphanage during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons lends a hand during lunch at the Baphumelele orphanage in Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town, South Africa while attending the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons lends a hand during lunch at the Baphumelele orphanage in Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town, South Africa while attending the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons and Dr. Jane Goodall

Jeremy Irons and Dr. Jane Goodall

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Jeremy Irons Defends Alfred Stieglitz, Applauds Joan Allen

The Hollywood Exclusive: Jeremy Irons Defends Alfred Stieglitz, Applauds Joan Allen

by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

Jeremy Irons, who plays the world-renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz in Lifetime’s Sept. 19-debuting “Georgia O’Keeffe,” comes to the defense of the man with whom O’Keefe engaged in a turbulent 20-year relationship.

The Oscar, Emmy and Tony-award-winning actor declares, “Stieglitz was difficult, but forgivable. O’Keeffe loved him until the day he died. I do think creative people like she need a partner who excites them deeply, and that person does not have to be the easiest to live with. I wonder if she would have become a great artist without him. Sometimes we need a thorn to make us realize our greatness.”

Irons continues, “Granted, Stieglitz was difficult to live with. He had a record of picking talent for his art gallery and controlling them until it got so bad, they moved on. Georgia had to go to New Mexico to get away from him, but she never stopped loving him.”

Irons has nothing but kudos for his leading lady. “Joan Allen was born to play Georgia O’Keeffe,” he says. And, he adds, the story of O’Keeffe and Stieglitz was born to be made. He just can’t understand why it took so long to make it.

“It was shopped around for about seven or eight years as a motion picture and could never find a taker,” he reveals. And then, he notes, “It was offered to HBO and they turned it down. That was a shame. It was a big mistake. I must tell you, when I saw the completed film, I was thrilled.”

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