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Friday, November 13, 1998 Published at 19:32 GMT


The Full Monarchy

Charles on the Full Monty: "I've seen it twice"

The Prince in pictures
The Prince of Wales is gearing up for his 50th birthday by celebrating with children, a film star and the Queen.

Friday's hectic schedule is rounded off at Buckingham Palace where he is being entertained by jugglers, unicyclists and an ultra-violet light display.

The BBC's Jennie Bond: "The prince accepted the inevitable and joined in the dance"
Charles spent most of the last day of his 40s in Sheffield.

Earlier in the day, Charles attended a Full Monty party at the Langsett Foundation in Sheffield - a showcase for the work of the Prince's Trust.

Encouraged by one of the stars of the hit British film about Sheffield strippers, Hugo Speer, who played Lunchbox, the prince joined in with recreating the famous "Job Centre".

[ image: Hot Stuff: Charles cuts a rug]
Hot Stuff: Charles cuts a rug
After showing his moves to Donna Summer's Hot Stuff, Charles said: "I've even been given a bit of choreography on how to do things in the queue.

"I liked the film so much, I've seen it twice."

Mr Speer said: "He's a natural. He asked me for a few tips, but didn't need them.

"It looks like he's been practising in his bedroom."

BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond: First "Mummy" then "Your Majesty"
Charles was then presented with a cake iced with "The Full Monarchy", which he shared with young people who had benefited from the foundation's training and personal development courses.

Then it was back to London for a party hosted by his parents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It also features choirs, bands and a host of celebrity guests from entertainment, politics and the media.

VIPs include Prime Minister Tony Blair, Conservative leader William Hague, Liberal leader Paddy Ashdown, and former Prime Ministers Baroness Thatcher and Sir Edward Heath.

Prince Charles: "The wonderful thing about the Full Monty is it's so British"
Also in attendance will be BBC Director General Sir John Birt, Big Issue Editor John Bird, football hero Sir Bobby Charlton, sculptor Antony Gormley, Radio One DJ Lisa I'Anson, comedian Spike Milligan, actress Vanessa Redgrave and former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke

And boy band Al!ve, who wrote to Buckingham Palace asking if the Queen could help them set up a gig in London, will be playing a seven-song set at the party.

The prince's companion, Camilla Parker Bowles, will be hosting another party for him on Saturday.

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