King Charles and Queen Camilla mingle with famous actors during visit to prestigious drama school

King Charles

King Charles and Camilla watching a play at London's Academy of Dramatic Art

Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 29/05/2024

- 16:07

The King and Queen met with actor David Harewood and actress Cynthia Erivo

  • London’s Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) is celebrating its 120th anniversary
  • King Charles was named as patron of Rada earlier this month
  • The King and Camilla watched a performance put on by third-year acting students

King Charles and Queen Camilla were entertained by famous actors during their visit to a prestigious drama school.

The royals met staff, students and alumni at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) on Wednesday.

The couple were greeted by actor David Harewood, who is Rada’s president and actress Cynthia Erivo, who is the vice president.

The monarch, who is patron of Rada, visited the London drama school to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

King Charles and Camilla

King Charles and Camilla watching a play at London's Academy of Dramatic Art


Harrison is known for his role in the TV series Homeland and Supergirl while Erivo starred in Harriet and is in the upcoming movie Wicked.

During their visit, the King and Camilla met with students to learn about the school’s current productions.

They then sat to watch an extract of a play performed by third-year acting students in the Gielgud Theatre.

Following the entertaining performance, Charles and Camilla went on a tour to the Scenic Art Studio before heading to the café space to speak to students and alumni about their experience at Rada.

King Charles and Daniel Mays

Charles meets with actor and former student of the academy Daniel Mays


Former students of the school included actor Daniel Mays who starred in EastEnders, Pearl Harbour and Line of Duty.

The Royal Family’s connection with Rada’s association goes back over a century, stemming from the Royal Charter granted in 1920.

This month, the King was announced as patron of Rada, a role his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, held from 1952 until her death in 2022.

At the time, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art principal Niamh Dowling said: “Rada is delighted to welcome His Majesty King Charles III as our royal patron.

Queen Camilla and King Charles

The royal academy is celebrating its 120th anniversary


“His support underscores our commitment to nurturing talent and excellence in the performing arts, as we continue to inspire and empower the next generation of actors and creators.”

It comes as the King also accepted the position of patron of The Fire Fire Fighters Charity, an organisation that offers health and wellbeing to the UK’s fire services community.

The organisation said the move marks the continuation of a longstanding relationship with the Royal Family.

The late Queen held the role for 69 years after taking on the patronage from the then-Fire Services National Benevolent Fund in 1953.

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