Top left: HRH The Princess Royal speaking at the Premiere. Top: Marcus Dillistone introduced the film with Paul-Anthony Viollet. Above: Sir John Mills, who voiced the opening sequence of the film, meets the Princess.
HRH The Princess Royal attended the Royal Charity Premiere of The Troop at BAFTA. The evening was hosted by Marcus Dillistone and benefitted the Riding for the Disabled Association, of which the Princess is President.
The evening included many guests from the film industry, including Sir John Mills CBE (who voiced the film's introduction) as well as Troop Officers'. A considerable sum was raised for the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association).
The evening started with a champagne reception at which Marcus Dillistone introduced The Princess Royal to representatives of the film's sponsors. King's Troop fanfare trumpeters called the guests into the main theatre where Marcus introduced the film and recalled some of the trials and tribulations of bringing the project to fruition.
The screening was followed by a wondeful Gala Dinner catered by the Roux Brothers. Following the meal, The Princess gave a speech in which she congratulated Marcus on the film, and went on to explain the work of RDA.
Paul-Anthony Viollet was the evenings MC and hosted the charity auction, with items donated by Alfred Dunhill, British American Racing, Universal Pictures, Ford Motability, The Lodge & Spa at Inchydoney, Theresa Goring, and British Airways.
The auction was followed by dancing into the small hours to a live band in the members' bar.