Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso have hosted a summer ball to mark 10 years since the setup of their joint charity project, Sentebale.
The event was held at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Wednesday 7th May 2014.
In attendance were Andrew Philips, Beverley Knight, Laura Main (Call the Midwife), Tom Bradby (ITV News) among other royalty, celebrities and entertainers. A red carpet photo session was followed drinks reception then a performance from Joss Stone and Beverley Knight. Awards were handed out to Sentebale workers and speeches made by the two Princes.
Prince Seeiso of Lesotho said of the charity’s foundation:
“Harry and I know what it is like to lose a parent, or parents in my case, and it is a combined desire to carry on our mothers’ legacy of work that formed Sentebale”
In his speech, Prince Harry took a moment to reflect on the work of the charity’s projects:
“We are providing herd boys with an education, specialist care and support to those living with disabilities, a home for children for whom no other support exists and psychosocial support for children living with HIV.”
“…When I see or hear the difference that Sentebale and its partners have made in the last 10 years, it is a constant reminder that, not only are we doing great things in this little African country, but how much we rely on the help and expertise of everyone around us.”
“What a difference we can make if we all work together.”
Awards were given to several workers from Sentabale, including the leader of the herd boy education program, Mokhachane Lerotholi and Relationships Manager Malineo Motsephe.
In This Story: HIV
The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) are two species of Lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that infect humans. Over time, they cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.
Without treatment, average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending on the HIV subtype. In most cases, HIV is a sexually transmitted infection and occurs by contact with or transfer of blood, pre-ejaculate, semen, and vaginal fluids. Research has shown (for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples) that HIV is untransmittable through condomless sexual intercourse if the HIV-positive partner has a consistently undetectable viral load.
Non-sexual transmission can occur from an infected mother to her infant during pregnancy, during childbirth by exposure to her blood or vaginal fluid, and through breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells.
Lesotho, a high-altitude, landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa, is crisscrossed by a network of rivers and mountain ranges including the 3,482m-high peak of Thabana Ntlenyana. On the Thaba Bosiu plateau, near Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, are ruins dating from the 19th-century reign of King Moshoeshoe I. Thaba Bosiu overlooks iconic Mount Qiloane, an enduring symbol of the nation’s Basotho people.
It is by far the largest of the world’s three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country; with Vatican City and San Marino being the other two.
Lesotho was previously the British Crown Colony of Basutoland, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966. It is now a fully sovereign state and is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC is a member of the British royal family. He resigned from all public roles as a result of his association with the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal. He is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, KCVO, ADC is a member of the British royal family. As the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, he is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.
Tom Bradby is a British journalist and novelist. He was political editor for ITV News from 2005 to 2015, and currently presents the News at Ten and political discussion series The Agenda with Tom Bradby.