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Duke of Cambridge attends star-studded gala and awards ceremony

On Thursday evening, The Duke of Cambridge attended a star-studded gala and awards ceremony for Centrepoint, an organisation which he serves as Patron.

The event was held at Kensington Palace to recognise the achievements of the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, which is hoping this evening’s event will have raised £1 million for the charity.

As previously reported by Royal Central, one of the celebrity guests, singer and songwriter, Phil Collins, had to cancel due to illness. He was quickly replaced with Conor Maynard, a 23-year-old singer from Brighton who won MTV’s Brand New in 2012. A variety of musicians performed at Kensington Palace, including Ellie Goulding, Craig David and Dirty Vegas.

All of the money raised from the event will go to the charity to help young homeless people find a safe place to stay, as well as helping with education and work. Along with helping young people get off the street, Centrepoint also conducts research as well as influencing government policies, with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

Centrepoint assists over 9,000 young people between ages 16 and 25. One of those young people assisted by the charity was Nile Rodgers who said: “Once I got a roof over my head, everything changed.”

Nile received the Centrepoint Youth Inspiration Award for his work for charitable organisations, which was presented to him by Prince William.

In a speech, The Duke said: “This evening is a celebration of everything young people are capable of when they are given the support that they need.

“All of those nominated for @centrepointuk Awards deserve to be commended. The young people of Centrepoint have come through experiences that could have broken the resolve of any one of us.”

When asked what he admired most about the young people who are helped by Centrepoint, The Duke of Cambridge said: “their bravery. They’re always smiling!”

Additional reporting by Charlie Proctor.

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