Stars gather to honour Sir David Frost

The Prince of Wales, the Dean of Westminster the Very Rev Dr John Hall, Michael Caine and his wife Shakira, Sienna Miller The Prince of Wales was welcomed by the Dean of Westminster the Very Rev Dr John Hall, while Sir Michael Caine and his wife Shakira, and Sienna Miller are among the guests

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Leading figures from the world of politics and showbusiness have been remembering Sir David Frost at a memorial at Westminster Abbey.

Around 2,000 guests, including royalty, paid tribute to the broadcaster, who died last August.

Sir David's widow, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, and the Prince of Wales laid flowers on a dedicated memorial stone in Poets' Corner.

His three sons took part in the service, reading poems and prayers.

There were readings by Sir Michael Parkinson, Joanna Lumley and BBC director general Tony Hall.

Former director general Greg Dyke also read an address.

Sir David Frost died in August at the age of 74 - Rory Bremner paid tribute at Westminster Abbey

Ronnie Corbett, who worked with Sir David in the 1960s was among those reading prayers during the service.

Lumley paid tribute with a comic sonnet that she had written with Sir Richard Stilgoe.

Rebecca Jones Arts Correspondent inside Westminster Abbey

From Prince Charles to Sir Michael Caine, Royalty rubbed shoulders with showbusiness personalities. Pippa Middleton arrived with Ben Fogle. The comedians Rowan Atkinson and David Walliams, with his wife the model Lara Stone, also came to the Abbey.

Sir David Frost was the only person to interview eight prime ministers and seven consecutive US presidents. Among the politicians at the service - Iain Duncan-Smith, Sir Menzies Campbell and Lord Owen who read a prayer alongside Ronnie Corbett.

Joanna Lumley recited an updated version of a poem she had written with Richard Stilgoe for Sir David's sixtieth birthday. "I've known him, it seems, all my life," she said, "he was a very darling man."

But it was not only the great and the good who were here. Among the friends and colleagues who had been invited to the Abbey, two of the women who used to do Sir David's make up on television.

It opened with the line: "Shall I compare thee to Sir Robin Day?"

"No more TV-am, no Al Jazeera - We end not a career, but end an era;

"For now he's gone, ascended into orbit, And 'I look up to him' (quoth Ronnie Corbett)."

Hymns included He Who Would Valiant Be and Jerusalem.

Sir Michael Parkinson, who read from the Bible, was best man at Sir David's wedding. "We've been friends for 40 years or more," he said. "I miss him greatly."

The actress Felicity Kendall lived in the same square as Sir David Frost in Chelsea for 20 years. Her eyes hidden behind sunglasses, she told BBC: "He was a lovely man."

Sir David, known for his incisive interviews, spent more than 50 years as a television star.

David Sillito looks at Sir David Frost's memorial stone in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner

He is possibly best remembered for his series of interviews with Richard Nixon.

In a series of interviews with Sir David in 1977, the former US president dramatically admitted his part in the Watergate affair, which had led to his resignation in 1974.

The encounter later formed the basis of the play Frost/Nixon, which was made into an award-winning film with Michael Sheen playing Sir David.

Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard (2ndR) and sons Miles, Wilfred and George. Sir David Frost's widow Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard was accompanied by their sons Miles, Wilfred and George.
Pippa Middleton, Sir John Major, Esther Rantzen Guests included Pippa Middleton, former Prime Minister Sir John Major and Esther Rantzen - a collection was taken in aid of her charity ChildLine at the end of the ceremony
Sir Terry Wogan, Joanna Lumley, Ronnie Corbett Sir Terry Wogan, Joanna Lumley and Ronnie Corbett were among the guests
David Walliams and Lara Stone, Jemima Khan, Andrew Neil and Susan Nilsson David Walliams was accompanied by his wife the model Lara Stone. Jemima Khan, Andrew Neil and Susan Nilsson also attended.

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