Meeting King Charles and Prince William | My Experience
A Video Explaining My Experience Meeting The King
Why Did I Meet King Charles & Prince William?
On Monday 13th March it was Commonwealth Day and the evening reception was hosted at Buckingham Palace, and I was fortunate enough to be invited.
I’m an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. A charity that King Charles founded in 1976.
Due to this affiliation, myself and a few other Prince’s Trust ambassadors were invited to attend the reception evening.
What Was It Like Talking to King Charles?
King Charles seemed very polite and although our interaction was brief, he gave me a firm handshake and looked me in the eyes as he spoke to me.
I wasn’t nervous about talking with the King but it was a proud moment. I knew that this interaction would make my family very happy and proud.
The King was dressed in a nice blue suit that had light and thin stripes on it and he was holding a drink of some sort. I’m not sure what he was drinking.
What Did King Charles Say to Me?
As King Charles turned to me and shook my hand, I thanked him for setting up the Prince’s Trust and explained that it had helped support me on my business journey.
The King replied “I’m pleased to hear it’s done some good, that’s what I hoped for when I set it up”
He then asked my fellow ambassadors if they benefited from the Prince’s Trust and then proceeded to interact with the other guests.
What Was it Like Talking to Prince William?
Prince William was extremely tall. I knew he was tall, but I didn’t expect talking to him to feel like he was towering over me, which it did.
Prince William also gave a firm handshake, it must be taught as part of their upbringing.
It was also nice to see how engaged he looked as our conversation began. He looked into my eyes and appeared to genuinely care about what I was saying.
I’m sure talking to all the people he spoke to was exhausting, but he didn’t make that apparent.
What Did Prince William Say to Me?
Prince William’s Equerry (Rob), kindly introduced me to the prince. Rob explained that I was an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust.
Prince William then asked me “What did you do with the trust?”
I explained that I had joined the business enterprise programme to help me grow my business.
He then asked me what my business is.
I said that I run a health and wellbeing company that helps companies support employee wellbeing.
There were a lot of people waiting to talk to Prince William and I didn’t want to take up much of his time.
What Other Royals Did You Speak to?
As the evening went on, my fellow ambassadors and I spoke to Prince Edward (King Charles’s Brother), as well as his Wife Sophie. Just a few days before this, King Charles had gifted his brother the title of “Duke of Edinburgh” to honour his birthday.
Sophie (Duchess of Edinburgh) explained that things had seemed a little hectic since the announcement but that she was grateful for the gift and so was her husband.
Princess Anne was also at the reception, but I didn’t get the opportunity to speak with her.
The Queen consort Camilla was also there, but I didn’t get to speak with her either.
What Celebrities Were at The Commonwealth Day Reception in Buckingham Palace?
There were lots of familiar faces at the commonwealth reception.
The people I recognised were James Cleverly, who is a politician and at the time of writing this, (you know how fast politics can change) is the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom.
A lady called Floella Benjamin was also there. Floella is an actress, singer, presenter, author, businesswoman, and politician. (According to google)
There were lots of representatives of countries all across the commonwealth and I’d assume many of these individuals would be well recognised in the countries they represented.
What Was it Like Inside Buckingham Palace?
Buckingham palace was extremely spacious inside with red carpet almost everywhere.
There was a room which was allocated to leaving your coats and cameras and there were lots of staff on hand to take your things and give you a ticket number to be able to collect everything before you leave.
The palace had a wide spiral staircase that led to the first floor which is where the reception evening took place.
The reception took place in the art gallery where there were lots of paintings on the wall, some of the most valuable paintings in the world.
On the first floor there were chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and everything looked very elegant.
Although it was nice inside, it was very old-fashioned. It was clean and tidy but the feeling of the palace felt a little outdated. However, this is somewhat expected for a building that was built in 1820.
Tyler Lowe – Health & Wellbeing Speaker
BSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation