Prince Harry has met Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in London as they prepared to take part in a charity concert. The meeting came ahead of an evening of music in aid of Well Child which works with seriously ill children and their families. Prince Harry is the charity’s patron.
Harry arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in the early evening and the moment everyone had been waiting to see, his handshake with Lady Gaga, came not long afterwards. The royal guest of honour met the two superstar singers and posed for photos just minutes before the concert began.
It’s the first time that Lady Gaga has performed at the Royal Albert Hall but her co-star has a long history with the iconic building. Tony Bennett sang there in 1971 and since then has returned for another 18 sets of concerts. This is his first time there since 2012.
The pair are performing music marking their new collaboration, Cheek to Cheek, which features famous jazz songs given the special Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett touch. The gala concert will also feature a big band and live orchestra.
When the event was announced the Chief Executive of Well Child, Colin Dyer, said the charity was ‘thrilled that Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are supporting Well Child through this concert. The proceeds will be a massive boost to our work to support seriously ill children and their families across the UK.’
Well Child provides care and support for children with long-term or complex health conditions. It also helps their families and loved ones with the challenges these conditions can bring. It was set up in 1977 and Harry became its patron in 2007. Since then he has played an active role in the charity and has met many of the young people, nurses, researchers and volunteers involved with the organization. He regularly attends the Well Child Awards which celebrate the inspirational children receiving care as well as those who help and support them.
And his attendance at tonight’s concert will ensure that the name of Well Child goes right round the world, shining a spotlight on the charity’s work again.
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