Phil Collins has received countless awards throughout his long & accomplished career…Grammys, Golden Globe Awards, Brit Awards, GQ’s Man of the Year, even the coveted Oscar. But none more precious than being appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (which is a form of knighthood) in June 1994 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for his work as a trustee of the Prince’s Trust.
Phil began working with The Prince’s Trust in 1983 and was instrumental in starting The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala and performed at all of the concerts throughout the 1980’s. This concert had been one of the main fundraisers for the trust until 1990.
The Rock Gala was resurrected 20 years later, in 2010 where Phil once again performed. He also joined Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor to accompany him on drums during the finale song, We Will Rock You.
Along with performing at each of the rock galas, Phil devoted much of his free time to the Trust, working with children who had an interest in music.
On November 16, 1992, Genesis played a benefit show at Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of the Royal Family, during their highly successful We Can’t Dance tour to aid The Prince’s Trust. It was said to be one of Phil’s best performances on that tour. The concert was broadcast live via Trent FM (Nottingham), Capital FM (London), and BRMB (Birmingham) in the UK. Including the proceeds from this show, Genesis has donated over £1.000.000 to The Prince’s Trust.
As long as we’re getting Phil inducted into the Hall of Fame, let’s get him fully knighted as well!
Sir Phil Collins…yes, it does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 😉
So while you’re signing our online petition (if you haven’t already done so), please do check out Get Phil Collins Knighted! Facebook Page and One More Knight Blog, both are simply fabulous!
Until next time, Phil & Genesis Fans, much love to you!
Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration and be sure to toast Phil while you’re ringing in 2014! 😀