The Prince of Wales held a reception at St James’s Palace yesterday, to thank volunteers from the British Red Cross for their work in the aftermath of terrorist attacks and the Grenfell fire earlier this year.
Prince Charles, who is president of the British Red Cross (BRC), took time to greet and thank each of the 150 invited volunteers individually.
The organisation has provided support following terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Manchester Arena, as well as the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower. The tragedies have prompted one of the biggest responses in the BRC’s history.
In a speech to the 150 guests, Charles said: “I was deeply keen to host this particular event, really to thank you all, and I know it’s rather inadequately, for your utterly tireless efforts helping those affected by all these terrible tragedies in Manchester, London and the Grenfell Tower fire.”
“These heart-breaking events brought the people of Britain together in a shared grief, but also a shared determination to help those affected.”
The heir to the throne continued: “You, ladies and gentlemen, so many of you, were there at the frontline helping people from the very beginning, and I know that you will be there to support communities as they start to rebuild together.
“I also know that this is hugely appreciated by all who have been helped, so we owe all of you an immense and continuing debt of gratitude.”
Thanking everyone gathered for “true compassion”, he added: “You can have no idea how proud I am, for what it’s worth, of the way you have helped those in crises”.
“So please just know ladies and gentlemen, that in my book, you are very much part of the Not Forgotten Association, and above all, that I’m only too aware you will continue to keep up your vital work of care and compassion.”
As Prince Charles left the room, the guests cheered and applauded him.