Prince Charles joins Hollywood royalty for cheery reading: ''Twas the night before Christmas'

Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
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Need some Christmas cheer? Look no further.

Prince Charles, 72, and wife Duchess Camilla got into the holiday spirit with a royal reading of Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 Christmas poem, "A Visit from St Nicholas."

"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse," Prince Charles charmingly recited after being politely directed into place in front of a Christmas tree at Clarence House.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by Hollywood royalty, including Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Hardy.

"Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas Eve," tweeted the official Clarence House page.

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The festive video was created to benefit the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, which Prince Charles has supported for over 20 years. The charity supports and stage managers displaced by injury, illness, old age or financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus in March and self-isolated for a week in Scotland with mild COVID-19 symptoms. He later told Sky News he was lucky to have “got away with it quite lightly."

Earlier this month, the royals released their Christmas card, showing Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla of Cornwall sitting cozy on a bench in his luxuriant garden.

Contributing: Maria Puente

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