You are Cordially Invited to Afternoon Tea with The Queen
The Cast of The Crown Donate Alternative Royal Family Tea Party to Bonhams Online Blue Auction in support of NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal

How would you like to join The Queen (Olivia Colman), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) & Lady Diana (Emma Corrin) from the hit TV series 'The Crown' for afternoon tea at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, near Trafalgar Square? Well now is your chance. Oscar winner Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin are hosting an alternative Royal Family tea party for Bonhams BLUE Auction, in aid of NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

Olivia Colman said: "When I was approached to support the auction, I really wanted to help out, so I phoned round a few of my co-stars from the television show 'The Crown' and the result was the creation of 'The Alternative Royal Family Tea Party'.

This is just one of the pledges in Bonhams' not-for-profit digital auction that have been generously donated by the UK's leading actors, musicians, artists and sportspeople.

The auction being hosted at bonhams.com and runs until Wednesday 29 April. Bids can be made by going to [email protected] or calling us on +44 (0) 20 7447 7447. All lots will be available to view online at bonhams.com/theblueauction.

Among the other generous donations are:

• Artworks by Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, The Connor Brothers, and a visit to Grayson Perry's studio
• Joining Jools Holland for drinks behind the scenes at one of his forthcoming shows
• Lunch at Claridge's with international film star Dame Joan Collins and a supporting cast of her husband, Percy Gibson and national treasure, Christopher Biggins
Jeremy Paxman invites you and another family of your choice to have a round of University Challenge in a no-holds-barred contest. This special experience comes complete with a scorer
Lights, Camera, Action! The Ultimate Call the Midwife Experience.This exceptional 'money can't buy' lot is for up to 4 people, and will take place during the filming of Series 10 of the hit BBC series, Call the Midwife. Upon arrival on set, you, and up to three friends, will go through hair, make-up and costume, before stepping out and playing a walk-on role in the drama. This will be followed by lunch or tea with the cast, and to end off this extraordinary day, you will be presented with a production script signed by the cast and crew. Generously arranged and donated by Dame Pippa Harris DBE, Neal Street Productions, Heidi Thomas, Ann Tricklebank and Jenny Agutter OBE
• A McLaren Formula One Racing Suit Worn and Signed by Lando Norris. A chance to own a piece of motor racing history, a race worn McLaren racing suit signed by Formula One racing sensation, Lando Norris.

Bonhams is waiving all charges which means 100% of proceeds are going to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Funds from the NHS Covid-19 appeal will help support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers supporting Covid-19 patients in ways above and beyond which NHS funding can ordinarily provide. The appeal has a target of £100 million.

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: "As the nation adjusts to life in lockdown, the commitment of NHS staff and volunteers shouldn't be far from our minds. These are the people who leave their homes to care for others and work tirelessly in the face of the virus when they're needed most. It's easy to feel powerless in these challenging times but this campaign is a way we can make a difference, to look after these heroes so they can give the best care possible in these unprecedented circumstances."

Patrick Masson, Bonhams Managing Director for the UK and Europe said: "The NHS staff and volunteers are heroes to us all. We at Bonhams are honoured to host this initiative and to donate the skills we have at our auction house to support those who are working so hard for us on the frontline."

Money raised in the auction will go towards:

1. Funding well-being packs/gifts for staff and volunteers on wards/departments (this could include food deliveries, high energy/protein bars/drinks, snacks, refreshments, wash kits, overnight stay kits.)
2. Cost of travel, parking, accommodation for NHS staff and volunteer's expenses
3. Other items as requested by NHS Charities that enhance the well-being of NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients.

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