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Sunday 25 February 2018

Elizabeth Taylor's gift to Charles

Dame Elizabeth Taylor and the Prince of Wales honoured Richard Burton
Dame Elizabeth Taylor and the Prince of Wales honoured Richard Burton

Dame Elizabeth Taylor presented the Prince of Wales with a bust of her former husband Richard Burton as they celebrated his memory.

Wales' greatest actor was honoured by Dame Elizabeth and Charles as the royal announced a new theatre being built in the performer's homeland would be named after him.

The actress - who is now frail and wheelchair bound - praised her ex-husband, famed for his roles on both stage and screen, at a Buckingham Palace gala evening held to mark the 60th anniversary of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where the auditorium will be based.

Dame Elizabeth, who married the screen legend twice, said: "Richard would have been so deeply touched by this great honour, as am I. It is wonderful to be here and join in this celebration, along with many others who remember and respect Richard with so much love in their hearts."

Dame Elizabeth was pushed in a wheelchair into the lavish space where Charles, dressed in a black tie and dinner jacket, was waiting to meet her.

The heir to the throne bent his head down to talk to the 78-year-old Hollywood star who still had a hint of glamour and wore a scarlet dress and glittering jewellery.

The Prince said to her "you haven't had a copy of it?" and went on to ask "do you think it's a good likeness?".

She replied "it's marvellous" as she appeared to dab at her eye with a tissue while the royal gave his own opinion saying "it's fantastic".

Among the guests were Dame Shirley Bassey, Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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