A few days ago, Prince Charles seemingly acknowledged his status as Britain's longest-waiting heir to the throne, quipping: "Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes, of course I am,". During the promotional video for Clarence House he added: "I'll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I'm not careful."
Those light-hearted comments were actually made as he promoted a long-term restoration project at the Dumfries House estate in East Ayrshire. However, they could certainly apply to the 64-year-old royal's extended wait to ascend the throne, and many have made that connection.
A few days further into his busy schedule, Charles was once again in the comedy way as he and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the Prince's Trust Comedy Gala at London's Royal Albert Hall. The event was aptly titled, We Are Most Amused. As well as the royals, a host of celebrities turned out to be entertained by some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy.
Jimmy Carr, Joan Rivers and Ben Elton, in action above, all pushed the envelope with their colourful badinage. There was also a triumphant return for Rowan Atkinson's iconic character, Lord Edmund Blackadder. Both Charles and Camilla laughed their way through the performances, and the future King was a good sport as impersonator Jon Culshaw mimicked his much-used finger-pointing gesture and mumbling tone.
After the show, the performers had to face the subject of their jibes as the royals met the night's protagonists during a star-studded line up. The Duchess looked particularly enraptured with Rowan Atkinson, and leaned as they chatted intently.
Also present at the soiree were some of the small screen's most familiar faces. Holly Willoughby looked snug and seasonal in a fur-trimmed coat. Her co-host Philip Schofield was also in attendance. Meanwhile, presenter Carol Vorderman, looked like a woman in love as she showed off her handsome beau Graham Duff.
Behind the smiles and glitz, We Are Most Amused was performed to raise money for The Princes' Trust, Charles' flagship youth charity that helps change young people's lives.
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