Geordie Duo Ant and Dec triumphed again at the National Television Awards (NTAs), picking up a handful of awards and getting the royal seal of approval.

The pair, who won the entertainment presenter award for the 13th year running, also saw I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! which they host, win the entertainment programme award.

They finished off the night with the prestigious landmark award which came complete with a tribute from the Prince of Wales, who said: “The warmth and empathy they show towards charitable causes, their viewers and their deep friendship towards one another are as great achievements as their countless and well-deserved awards. The nation has taken them to their hearts.”

Their video tribute included appearances from their mothers, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer also put in an appearance, describing them as ‘the most famous double act from Newcastle’.

Accepting the special award, Dec thanked Ant saying: “Neither of us would be here if it wasn’t for each other.”

Coronation Street’s Julie Hesmondhalgh won the serial drama performance National TV Award for her acting in the controversial right-to-die storyline, which ended with the suicide of her character, Hayley Cropper, on Monday.

Among the other actors she beat to the prize was David Neilson who plays her on-screen husband Roy.

Accepting her award with Neilson by her side, she told the audience: “We said that if either of us were lucky enough to get this tonight we’d come up together because there ain’t no Hayley without Roy and there ain’t no Roy without Hayley.”

The climax of the plot pulled in millions more viewers and prompted an increase in calls to The Samaritans.

A peak audience of 10.6 million viewers saw Hayley take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer – two million more than the corresponding episode the week before.

The National Television Awards kicked off with X Factor winner Sam Bailey duetting with her hero Michael Bolton on the soul classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough with the help of the school choir from documentary series Educating Yorkshire.

The other stars of the show – the teachers – were on stage 30 minutes later when it won the documentary award.

The first award, for factual entertainment, went to Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs.

Accepting his award, the star praised the production team saying: “A lot of very, very clever people go into the making of For The Love of Dogs and I can’t include myself in that.”

Next up was the award for entertainment programme which was presented by diver, and co-host of ITV’s Splash, Tom Daley to I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Earlier in the night, some of the small screen’s biggest stars were on the red carpet posing for photographs and signing autographs.

Celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry were at the O2 in London.

The cast of EastEnders were also there having arrived at the event in a red double-decker London bus.

The awards, which recognises the best of last year’s TV, is hosted by Dermot O’Leary and broadcast by ITV.

Khali Best who plays Dexter Hartman in EastEnders won the newcomer award.

The stars of the new BBC drama The Musketeers presented the award for best performance in a TV drama to Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

He beat another on-screen doctor, Doc Martin star Martin Clunes, Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart and Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith to the prize.

His co-star Jenna Coleman and show supremo Steven Moffat accepted the award for the actor who is currently appearing in American Psycho in the West End.

Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan presented the daytime television award to ITV’s This Morning.

Accepting the award, its host Phillip Schofield said: “That’s a real shock for us actually. Four in a row is unbelievable.”

The award for comedy went to the BBC’s Mrs Brown’s Boys. Its writer and star Brendan O’Carroll said the audience had “been so generous”, adding: “We just wanted to make a comedy show that makes people laugh.”