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Prince Harry joins Coldplay on stage at charity concert

British royal Prince Harry joined Coldplay onstage for a performance during his charity concert on Tuesday night (28Jun16).

The Paradise singers headlined the first ever concert in the gardens of Kensington Palace, the official royal residence of Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, just two days after they closed Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (26Jun16).

The concert raised awareness and funds for Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 to help youngsters affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

The royal took to the stage following supports acts Laura Mvula and Joss Stone to give a speech about the virus and his charity, before introducing Coldplay.

He later returned to the stage with Prince Seeiso and the Basotho Youth Choir from Lesotho to sing during Coldplay's finale performance of their latest single Up & Up. Harry can be seen swaying in the background and singing along with frontman Chris Martin as he walks over to him.

During the finale, he told the crowd, "Thank you for standing out in the rain, thank you to the choir that has come all the way from Lesotho. Please drive home safely and carry the work of Sentebale. And thank you to Coldplay - thank you so much, you've rocked the palace, you've rocked the palace!"

In his speech earlier that evening, Harry said, "Tonight you've been learning a little bit about Lesotho, a beautiful mountain kingdom I first traveled to when I was 19... what I remember most from that first visit was learning that this was a country with joy in its heart – a country that faced its challenges with warmth, optimism, and courage. It didn't take me long to be hooked on the country and to the irresistible smiles of its children.

"What we know is that HIV is a virus that thrives off silence and feeds on stigma... Every single one of us has a responsibility to educate ourselves. To do what we can to speak out and stamp out the silence, ignorance, and fear that the virus needs to win."

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