The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Royal Film Performance 2015 of John Madden’s film ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Tuesday evening.
The Royal Film Performance is The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund’s (CTBF’s) primary fundraising event. All the money raised from the evening’s engagement goes directly to the charity, which supports film and television industry employees and their families in times of adversity.
Before the performance, Prince Charles and Camilla met Trustees and beneficiaries of the charity, the filmmakers and members of the cast.
‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is set in Jaipur, India. It stars returning cast, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and others along with new cast member Richard Gere.
Charles and his wife last visited India in November 2013. Charles has made eight official visits to India, whilst Camilla has visited three times on official visits with her husband.
Both Charles and Camilla have visited India privately.
The trip in 2013, their most wide-ranging to date saw the Royal couple travel to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi, to meet with business, religious, as well as political leaders.
It was also during this trip; Charles joined his wife’s late brother, Mark Shand on a visit to the ‘elephant corridor.’ Unfortunately, the torrential downpour impeded viewing the elephants. After a two and a half hour journey into the jungle of Kerlala, they spent a mere five minutes by the watering hole, before hopping back into the Range Rover, sopping wet from head to toe.
The late Mr Shand was the founder of Elephant Family, a charity that seeks to protect the threatened animals since 2002.
Founded in 1924, the CTBF assists more than 1,000 beneficiaries and their families every year through donations, membership subscriptions, the sale of grand draw tickets and money raised from events like The Royal Film Performance.
The Fund offers monetary assistance to those who have worked in a paid position within the industry in the UK for at least two years and who have been affected by ill health, bereavement, accident or redundancy. Help includes assistance with utility bills, living expenses, childcare, back-to-work grants and housing support. The Fund also provides those in need with emotional support.
In 1946, the first Royal Command Film Performance at the Empire Cinema Leicester Square took place. ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ starring David Niven and Raymond Massey was attended by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret.
The Queen is the current Royal Patron of the Fund. Prior to Her Majesty, her father King George VI was Patron.