During the event – hosted by STUDIOCANAL with support from BAFTA through its BAFTA Kids programme – cast and crew from the forthcoming film PADDINGTON 2 met Their Royal Highnesses before joining the children on their journey through the English Countryside. The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry spent time meeting the young guests on board the 1920s and 30s vintage carriages that form the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
The morning was a unique opportunity for members of Their Royal Highnesses’ Charities Forum to nominate some of the children they support – many going through difficult times in their lives – for a special trip aboard the train.
There are over 30 organisations involved in The Charities Forum, which consists of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages and other organisations with whom they work closely. The Forum aims to bring together Their Royal Highnesses’ individual charitable interests. The group meets regularly, with organisations taking it in turns to host. The meetings provide an opportunity for the charities to update Their Royal Highnesses on their recent activities and projects, and also provide a platform for collaborative activity between the organisations. Opportunities to support each other are explored at meetings, relationships are developed and bilateral work is initiated, often between charities and organisations that would not ordinarily have been linked through the course of their own work.