Veteran actress Joanna Lumley and British royal Charles, Prince Of Wales were among the leading figures who attended a memorial service for late broadcaster Sir David Frost in London on Thursday (13Mar14). More than 2,000 guests descended on the U.K. capital's Westminster Abbey to remember Frost, who died aged 74 after suffering a heart attack last August (13).
The Prince of Wales, a close friend of the journalist, was joined by his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as his brother Prince Andrew, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and their daughter, Princess Beatrice.
Among the celebrity attendees were Lumley and Frost's broadcasting peers Sir Terry Wogan and Sir Michael Parkinson.
Frost enjoyed a long and successful career in political reporting, as well as hosting comedy and lifestyle shows, but will be best remembered for his candid interviews with U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977, in which the disgraced politician admitted his part in the Watergate scandal. The meeting was transformed into a hit movie Frost/Nixon in 2008, with Michael Sheen and Frank Langella playing Frost and Nixon respectively.
Officials award every citizen over the age of 65 a payment of up to $480 (£300) each year to help offset the high cost of heating during the chilly winter months.
Campaigners launched the Surviving Winter Appeal to encourage wealthy recipients to donate their allowance to poorer pensioners, and veteran actor Sir David Jason recently signed up to the initiative.
Mirren has now also pledged her support to the scheme, as has Absolutely Fabulous star June Whitfield and radio broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, according to Britain's The Times.
Wogan says, "This is an excellent way for local people to help some of the most vulnerable older people in their area. I'll certainly pass my payment on and encourage everybody who can to contribute towards it."
The British fighting legend and charity advocate passed away at his son's home in Surrey, England after a short battle with ill health, two days before his 77th birthday earlier this month (May11).
Following his death, boxing icon Muhammad Ali gave a moving tribute to his one-time adversary, saying, "Henry always had a smile for me; a warm and embracing smile. It was always a pleasure being in Henry's company."
Soccer heroes Charlton and Keegan were joined by fellow sports stars Sir Trevor Brooking and Barry McGuigan and beloved British TV personalities Bruce Forsyth, Sir Terry Wogan and Russ Abbott at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Kent, England to bid farewell to the fighter.
Cooper's coffin arrived at the church draped in a Union Jack flag, with a red wreath in the shape of a boxing glove and his nickname, 'Our 'Enry', was spelt out in white chrysanthemums.
The performer, best known for his run as former jockey Fred Quilly in classic U.K. sitcom Hi-de-Hi, passed away at his home earlier this month (Sep09).
Starting out in 1960s comedy The Benny Hill Show, Bowness quickly became the warm-up man for some of the U.K.'s most famous entertainers, including Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies and Sir Terry Wogan.
He also appeared in several other TV comedies, including You Rang, M'Lord? and Oh, Doctor.