Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be guests of honour at Olympic gala dinner – and they'll be serenaded by Gary Barlow
18:26 GMT, 1 May 2012
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be guests of honour at a star-studded gala dinner celebrating the country's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
William and Kate will be among a Royal Albert Hall audience watching Take That singer Gary Barlow, artist Will Young, singing sensation Alfie Boe and Britain's Got Talent winners Spelbound perform in honour of the sportsmen and women next Friday.
The royal couple, along with Prince Harry, are ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB, and are playing an active role encouraging the public to support the country's athletes.
The Duchess and Duke Cambridge are to be the guests of honour at a gala dinner at the Albert Hall
Our Greatest Team Rises is a
black-tie event which will be staged next Friday, a day after the
Olympic flame is lit in Olympia, Greece, and as the final stages of the
countdown for the London Games begin.
a pre-dinner reception the Duke and Duchess will meet Olympic gold
medal winners and Team GB ambassadors Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly
Holmes and Denise Lewis.
Spice Girl Mel C who is 'artist chair' of Party to 2012 – a series of
official events celebrating the UK's Olympians – will also be at the
Hosts for the evening
will be presenter Davina McCall and comic John Bishop, with a menu
created by Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone.
Royal seal of approval: Gary Barlow is to sing at the gala dinner attended by Kate and Wills next Friday, and has been heavily involved with the Jubilee preparations
For Gary Barlow, it will be one in a long list of Royal engagements he has carried out of late. The Take That singer and X Factor judge Gary Barlow has been heavily involved
with the Royals of late, having been an integral part of the Jubilee
He has recorded an official Jubilee CD, sang happy birthday to the Queen last week at a party at the house of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and filmed a Jubilee documentary of himself touring the Commonwealth for the Queen's big celebration.
His involvement with the Olympic Games will see his stock rise yet higher.
Later in the year as the Games approach, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will welcome the Olympic Torch relay to Buckingham Palace on July 26, the day before the Games' opening ceremony, and watch as three torchbearers carry the flame through the grounds of the royal residence.