Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Charles swerves star-studded selfie

Joan Collins orchestrated the celebrity selfie

Joan Collins and Dominic West were among a host of stars who celebrated the success of youngsters who have turned their lives around thanks to the Prince's Trust - by posing for a selfie.

Actress Joan orchestrated the group of Hollywood celebrities, singers, TV presenters and entertainers into the shot - but missing was the Prince of Wales.

The image captured actors Dominic, Sir Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons, singer Pixie Lott, X Factor winner Sam Bailey and musician Jools Holland.

The celebrities had gathered for the Celebrate Success Awards, hosted by TV duo Ant and Dec, which championed those who have succeeded against the odds with help from the Trust.

Joan was triumphant after she whipped out her smart phone and took the shot after the personalities had been introduced to Charles ahead of the ceremony honouring the young people.

The celebrities all clapped themselves and the actress declared: "We got it. If they can do it at the Oscars we can do it here."

Joan had suggested the idea to Charles but he walked away before it was taken, she said: "He said 'what a good idea' but wasn't in the picture."

Among those recognised at the awards ceremony, staged at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End, was Carly Williams, 21, from Weston-super-Mare who was presented with the Samsung young achiever of the year award.

After 13 years in care she struggled to live independently, shut herself off from the world and needed medication to help with depression. But today, Carly is studying social work at Sheffield University and is brimming with confidence after completing the Trust's Team Programme.

Other awards categories honoured those who had achieved in the community, studies and in business and enterprise.

Joan later praised the Trust: "I've been involved for some time I think it's an admirable charity. Prince Charles has helped thousands of people get on the ladder of life. It's much more difficult for young people than when I was starting - there's much more competition for jobs."

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