The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall held a reception for British Caribbean communities at St. James’s Palace in London.
Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, and the comedian Lenny Henry were among 270 guests from business, sport, charity, politics and the media.
After clapping and nodding along to reggae hits including Bob Marley’s Every Little Thing, Lenny Henry joked to The Duchess: “It’s going to kick off the minute you’ve gone.”
Their Royal Highnesses met the High Commissioners from the Caribbean, before watching performances by the London Community Gospel Choir and the Pimlico Academy Steel Band.
The Prince, who had seen the steel band at an event in Pimlico at the end of last year had invited them back. They performed Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love for You.
The Prince also met Levi Roots, the musician and man behind Reggae Reggae Sauce and the English singer Beverley Knight.
“I think the Prince is fantastic, I think he is misunderstood by people, perhaps even myself would have thought he was more standoffish. Actually he is a very warm type of fellow I’ve worked closely with him for the past three years. As a Rastaman from Brixton to say you have friends like the next King of England is inspiring,” ~Levi Roots
Trinidadian actress, presenter and broadcaster Baroness Floella Benjamin said she overwhelmed by the event.
“The amount of diversity we have in this room is just incredible…it’s taken a long time and we have a long way to go, but we can show our communities and ancestors after all the things they have been through that we are survivors, we can succeed and we will succeed if we keep on going and that’s what tonight has shown me. I feel rejuvenated. We can’t let our color hold us back. We must believe in ourselves, and feel worthy, and tell our children, ‘yes we can’ “
RCS SIDEBAR: Maybe instead of dinner at The Palace, Prince Charles can consider reparations? I’m just sayn’