Prince Charles swerves Joan Collins' starry selfie

Joan Collins' selfie was retweeted more than 200 times Photo: @joancollinsobe

A Prince's Trust event celebrating the success of youngsters who have turned their lives around attracted a host of stars, including a snap-happy Joan Collins.

The veteran actress tried to repeat the success of US comic Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie with Dominic West, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, singer Pixie Lott, X Factor winner Sam Bailey and musician Jools Holland.

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Collins whipped out her smart phone and took the shot after the personalities had been introduced to Charles ahead of the ceremony honouring the young people, but the Prince of Wales was missing from the shot.

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Collins had suggested the idea to Charles but he walked away before it was taken, she said: "He said 'what a good idea' but wasn't in the picture."

After capturing the selfie celebrities all clapped themselves and the actress declared: "We got it. If they can do it at the Oscars we can do it here."

Among those recognised at the awards ceremony was Carly Williams, 21, from Weston-super-Mare who was presented with the Samsung young achiever of the year award.

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After 13 years in care she struggled to live independently, shut herself off from the world and needed medication to help with depression.But today, Carly is studying social work at Sheffield University and is brimming with confidence after completing the Trust's Team Programme.She said: "I've been involved for some time I think it's an admirable charity. Prince Charles has helped thousands of people get on the ladder of life.

"It's much more difficult for young people than when I was starting - there's much more competition for jobs."