Prince Charles celebrates birthday and patronage of Abbeyfield

17/11/2016

On Wednesday November 16, HRH The Prince of Wales was treated to a special rendition of Happy Birthday, lead by singer and television presenter Aled Jones, with more than 180 guests at a reception at St James’s Palace.

Aled Jones sings Happy Birthday for the Prince

The celebration, hosted by The Prince of Wales marked not only the 60th anniversary of Abbeyfield, but his nearly 40 years of being Abbeyfield’s Patron too. It came as his first public engagement since his 68th birthday on Monday.

The Prince spoke to beneficiaries, staff and supporters of Abbeyfield, hearing all about the work we do and new initiatives we have to support older people, including Golden Moments.

Prince Charles meeting Abbeyfield residents

The Prince joked about understanding exactly what it takes to look after the elderly as he himself enters his 68th year. He also congratulated Abbeyfield on sticking true to our founding ethos of alleviating loneliness and promoting later life as a time to be enjoyed.

Fellow Abbeyfield patron Aled Jones was also in attendance and was therefore the obvious choice to kick-off a performance of Happy Birthday for the Prince.

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