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Charles is all smiles as he meets The Prince’s Trust young entrepreneurs in Brixton

Prince Charles insisted this morning that his mother the Queen was ‘all right’ while she continues to rest at Windsor Castle, as he was mobbed by excited well-wishers outside a NatWest bank branch in South London.

The 72-year-old Prince of Wales was given a very warm welcome by people gathered on a street in Brixton, and a man asked him: ‘Prince Charles, how is your mother?’ Charles replied: ‘She’s, she’s all right thank you.’

The heir-to-the-throne was in Brixton to meet The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs, and wore a white crisp shirt and pin-striped grey suit adorned with a red poppy on his lapel as a symbol of remembrance. 

It comes as Clarence House confirmed that Charles and his wife Camilla will lead members of the Royal Family at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday night – but the Queen will not attend.

Other royals attending are Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

On Tuesday, the 95-year-old Queen returned to Windsor Castle following a weekend away at her Sandringham country estate, giving fresh hope that she will attend Sunday’s National Service of Remembrance.

The monarch, who has cancelled all public engagements on the advice of doctors after being hospitalised last month, flew by helicopter back to Windsor after travelling to Norfolk on Thursday last week. 

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

The Prince Of Wales shakes hands with well-wishers after meeting The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs in Brixton today

The Prince Of Wales shakes hands with well-wishers after meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs in Brixton today

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

The Prince shakes hands with well-wishers as he departs after meeting The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs today

The Prince shakes hands with well-wishers as he departs after meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs today

Prince Charles shakes hands with a well-wisher outside a NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

Prince Charles shakes hands with a well-wisher outside a NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

The Prince Of Wales laughs with well-wishers after he departs meeting The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs today

The Prince Of Wales laughs with well-wishers after he departs meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs today

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

The Prince Of Wales shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves after meeting The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs today

The Prince Of Wales shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves after meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs today

The 72-year-old Prince of Wales is given a very warm welcome by people gathered on a street in Brixton this morning

The 72-year-old Prince of Wales is given a very warm welcome by people gathered on a street in Brixton this morning

Charles wears a white crisp shirt and pin-striped grey suit with a red poppy on his lapel as a symbol of remembrance today

Charles wears a white crisp shirt and pin-striped grey suit with a red poppy on his lapel as a symbol of remembrance today

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

Prince Charles shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the NatWest bank branch in Brixton, South London, this morning

Prince Charles smiles with well-wishers after he departs meeting The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs in Brixton today

Prince Charles smiles with well-wishers after he departs meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs in Brixton today

She was given permission by medics to travel to Sandringham, where she was seen out with staff and her dogs. The monarch and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, always spent a week together at this time of year.

The Queen, who was keen to continue to tradition, was forced to cancel a two-day visit to Northern Ireland at the last minute three weeks ago after being ordered to rest by doctors following a slew of public engagements.

It later emerged that she had been hospitalised overnight for ‘preliminary investigations’, although palace official declined to comment on what these might be. She has since been ordered to rest for ‘at least’ another fortnight.

The Queen missed attending the Cop26 climate change summit, instead delivering a pre-recorded video message from Windsor, and also had to cancel several other engagements in favour of only ‘light’ duties at her desk.

But the Queen has stated that it is her ‘firm intention’ to be at the Cenotaph for the traditional Remembrance Sunday event this weekend, one of the most ‘sacred’ events in her annual calendar.

Her return to Windsor suggests that she is hopeful of making what one royal aide described as ‘the most inked in’ engagement in her diary.

During his visit, Charles could be seen sharing a joke with Keshia East – singer Fleur’s sister who showcased and shared her business success story after launching No Knot Co LTD, which manufactures hair tools and accessories for wavy, curly and coily hair types.

Later, he was seen beaming as she shook hands with independent health and social care consultant Jacqui Dyer MBE.  

The organisation was founded in 1976 by the Prince of Wales and supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed, or pupils at school who are at risk of being excluded.

NatWest has donated to the Prince’s Trust since 1976 and been partnered formally with them for over twenty years.

The charity has helped 870,000 young people since it launched and supports over 100 more each day. Three in four of these young people move into work, training or education. 

The royal is still actively involved in the charity and it’s work – and visited Cheryl’s Trust Centre, part of The Prince’s Trust charity which opened in the city in 2017, which helps vulnerable young people, on Tuesday.  

The Prince of Wales looked in high spirits as he met The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs at Brixton's NatWest Bank branch on Thursday morning. Pictured, shaking hands with Jacqui Dyer MBE

The Prince of Wales looked in high spirits as he met The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs at Brixton’s NatWest Bank branch on Thursday morning. Pictured, shaking hands with Jacqui Dyer MBE

During his visit, the royal could be seen sharing a joke with Keshia East, who showcased and shared her business success story

During his visit, the royal could be seen sharing a joke with Keshia East, who showcased and shared her business success story

Charles put on a dapper display in a white crisp shirt and pin-striped grey suit adorned with a red poppy. Pictured, laughing alongside Keshia East

Charles put on a dapper display in a white crisp shirt and pin-striped grey suit adorned with a red poppy. Pictured, laughing alongside Keshia East

Keshia East shared her business success story after launching No Knot Co LTD, which manufactures hair tools and accessories for wavy, curly and coily hair types

Keshia East shared her business success story after launching No Knot Co LTD, which manufactures hair tools and accessories for wavy, curly and coily hair types

The royal was seen beaming as she shook hands with independent health and social care consultant Jacqui Dyer MBE

The royal was seen beaming as she shook hands with independent health and social care consultant Jacqui Dyer MBE

The Prince Of Wales with guests as he meets The Prince's Trust Young Entrepreneurs

The Prince Of Wales with guests as he meets The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs

Prince Charles looked deep in thought as he spoke with a young person who showcased and shared his business success story

Prince Charles looked deep in thought as he spoke with a young person who showcased and shared his business success story

He also keenly took part in visits to meet volunteers last year. 

In February, Prince Charles was greeted by well-wishers who lined the streets before he strolled into a TK Maxx store on Tooting High Street to meet with Prince’s Trust alumni.

And on Valentine’s Day 2020 the royal hosted The Prince’s Trust Invest in Futures Gala, which is the largest fundraising event for the charity, in London.

Prince Charles rubbed shoulders with West End star Alexandra Burke, elegant in a black and white polka dot dress, as well as Chic’s Nile Rogers, who got the dance floor started with his energetic set.  


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