"Thanks for the preview of my obituary": Prince Charles jokes during his GQ Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech

Being the president cum patron of more than 400 charities, Chharles has founded over a dozen of his own charities during the 50 years he has worked as a royal.


                            "Thanks for the preview of my obituary": Prince Charles jokes during his GQ Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech

To go with the various awards received from numerous agricultural, environmental and architectural societies, Prince Charles now has an award from a glossy magazine about glitz and glamour to add to his list of honors. The 69-year-old royal was awarded The Editor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Services at this year's GQ Men of the Year Awards for the many services he's provided to philanthropy, and taking the stage, he entertained the audience with a joke at his own expense. 

"I want to apologize for being wrongly dressed, I feared none of you would be able to compete with my snazzy dinner jacket," he said. "When I first heard about this award I thought it must be a mistake and it was a fashion award. With fashion, I’m like a stopped clock." But he also took to thanking the GQ editor right away, saying: "I’m grateful to Dylan to give me a preview of my obituary."

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales accepts the Lifetime Achievement award on stage at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 in Association with Hugo Boss at Tate Modern on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales accepts the Lifetime Achievement award on stage at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 in Association with Hugo Boss at Tate Modern on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The size of the gong wasn't left out either, as he joked about it, saying: "I’m enormously grateful for this award and I see its something I can throw at a burglar." He added: "It wasn’t easy at the start when trying to set up these charities and raise money. Spending money on worthwhile projects is relatively easy but making it is harder. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the difference you can make to young people’s lives."

Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ said: "The Prince of Wales has given his service to charities and philanthropic endeavors with such steadfast revolve, clarity of purpose and dedication to others, at home and on the world stage. We are particularly honored to be able to dedicate The Prince of Wales with this award during British GQ’s 30th Anniversary this year."

Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to the 'Maiden' yacht on September 5, 2018 in London, England and meet with Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint al Hussein. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to the 'Maiden' yacht on September 5, 2018 in London, England and meet with Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint al Hussein. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Being the president-cum-patron of more than 400 charities, Charles has also founded over a dozen of his own charities during the 50 years he has worked as a royal. These include The Prince’s Trust Group, The Prince’s Foundation, and The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation. These organizations mostly focus on creating opportunities for young people who are at a disadvantage, the environment, and also religious tolerance. Annually, they make around £150 million.

But this isn't Prince Charles's first lifetime achievement award, as the royal has received three more of those in the past decade, from the Rainforest Alliance, the Garden Media Guild, and the International Green Awards. Earlier at this year's event, he also served as the patron of one of his organisations, Children & the Arts, "as he joined industry leaders for a conference to discuss creativity in school at the Royal Albert Hall," reports Daily Mail Online.