Prince William is to join a group of young cancer patients at a Christmas spectacular in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
William will be guest of honour at the fund-raising gala, showcasing a cast of professional singers, dancers and musicians.
It is rumoured that his fiancee Kate Middleton may join him at the event – the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, staged at the Thursford Collection in Norfolk.
The concert is a private event but during the interval the prince will meet a group of young cancer patients from Norfolk and Hertfordshire and also staff from the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards the construction of the first specialist cancer unit for young people at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, which will cost £2.5 million.
The unit will be designed to reflect a young person’s life outside hospital as closely as possible, unlike other ordinary hospital wards where young cancer patients may be placed on children’s wards with babies and young children or adult wards alongside elderly patients.
William has been invited to the event by Emilie Van Cutsem, chairman of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s East Anglia volunteer committee, and also a close friend of the prince and his family.