The Duke of Cambridge was joined by a host of stars from screen and fashion last night at Windsor Castle to celebrate one of the world’s leading cancer specialist hospitals, The Royal Marsden.
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame and Hollywood actresses Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, among others, were guests at the Castle for the night.
Models Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne were also invited to the black tie do along with designer Ralph Lauren, who made a generous donation to help fund a new breast cancer research centre which has been named in his honour.
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The Royal Marsden was founded as the Free Cancer Hospital in 1851 by Dr William Marsden and was the first hospital in the world dedicated to cancer treatment and research into the causes of cancer.
Helena Bonham Carter was quoted as saying: “We now live in times when cancer doesn’t mean death, a lot of people are living with the disease. Its very different from when I was a child, the C word was taboo”.
The Duke of Cambridge became the Royal Marsden’s president in 2007, following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana. In his speech to guests last night, Prince William said: “I am exceptionally proud to be President of the Royal Marsden, an incredible hospital and a world class cancer centre carrying out ground breaking work, influencing the treatment of cancer both nationally and internationally”.
“It is the support of the charity which enables the Royal Marsden to give patients throughout the United Kingdom the very best cancer care available anywhere in the world”, the Duke continued.
Prince William has had a long association with the hospital, spending two days work experience at the institutions children’s unit in December 2005. The Duke helped out in various departments including medical research, catering and fundraising while touring a number of the wards at the hospital.
Most recently, in November 2013, William visited the hospital’s site in Chelsea, where he viewed sections of a breast reconstruction procedure and the removal of a bladder tumour involving two patients.