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King hosts celebrity guests at Buckingham Palace garden party to champion creative industries

King Charles has hosted a swathe of celebrity guests at a Buckingham Palace garden party – with one asking whether he is a fan of reality TV show Love Island.

The show’s host Maya Jama tried to recruit a new fan when she asked the King if he watches during the garden party celebrating the creative industries.

Charles laughed and made jokes with guests as he joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Gloucester in the palace garden on Wednesday.

Jama, 29, introduced herself as a TV host and said: “I host Love Island. I don’t know if you’ve watched it? It’s a reality dating show.”

Laughing, the King quipped in response: “There’s one born every minute.”

Jama, whose boyfriend is popular rapper Stormzy, looked glamorous in a checked blue dress and a striking and matching wide-brimmed hat.

When asked about her future plans, she told him: “I’m just about to go to Spain to film some young people snog someone.”

Other celebrity attendees included documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux, Hollywood director Sir Ridley Scott and artist Tracey Emin.

Theroux, 53, told the PA news agency he was “very flattered” to have been invited and was in such disbelief that he felt it “must have been a mistake”.

He said: “It’s illustrious company. It’s a beautiful day in a spectacular garden.

“I couldn’t tell if (Charles) was a fan, but I would love to say he is.”

Sir Ridley, who has directed Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator and Alien, said he was “incredibly honoured” to have been invited.

“It was a real honour to meet the King. He is an inspiration to us all,” said the South Shields-born Hollywood legend, who was at the palace with his daughter actress, photographer and filmmaker Jordan Scott, 46.

He at the St Paul’s service earlier in the day, and said it was like a film, perfectly choreographed.

Sir Ridley was made a Knight Grand Cross by the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle last week.

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