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Helena Bonham Carter illuminates the Burlington Arcade

19th November 2010 Print
Helena Bonham Carter illuminates the Burlington Arcade

Celebrated British actress and star Helena Bonham Carter last night (18th November) turned on the Burlington Arcade Christmas Lights in Mayfair, in association with The King’s Speech and Save the Children.

In keeping with her upcoming role as Queen Elizabeth in the highly-acclaimed and much-anticipated film The King’s Speech, where she stars alongside Colin Firth as George VI, Bonham Carter delighted crowds by arriving at the Burlington Arcade in a suitably regal motor – the magnificent 1937 Alvis Vanden Plus Tourer is one of only twelve ever built and was kindly provided by the Royal Automobile Club.

Helena Bonham Carter took to the stage at around 7pm to wish the awaiting crowd a very Happy Christmas and illuminate the Christmas lights in aid of Save the Children, the world’s largest independent children’s charity. The Arcade flooded with light as she pulled the golden rope, heralded by a trumpet fanfare by the Household Cavalry. 

Britain’s oldest, grandest shopping arcade was awash with Christmas cheer; a winter fairytale with frosted windows showcasing beautiful gifts to tempt and delight the 600 guests as they enjoyed Christmas cocktails and canapés. 

All shoppers in the Arcade until 6th December will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win a pair of tickets to an exclusive preview screening of The King’s Speech, ahead of its much anticipated release date of 7th January. 

Combining sophisticated London style, quality and a heritage of fine craftsmanship, Burlington Arcade has been the perfect destination for luxurious accessories – including jewellery and antiques, cashmere and fine fragrance, leather goods and vintage watches, since it first opened in 1819. 

This Christmas, for the most opulent and enjoyable shopping experience, Burlington Arcade will transform into a stunning winter wonderland.

The longest and most beautiful covered shopping street in England, it is Britain’s very first true shopping arcade.  

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Helena Bonham Carter illuminates the Burlington Arcade