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King Charles Celebrates 75th Birthday with Tea Dance and Special Guests

King Charles Celebrates 75th Birthday with Tea Dance and Special Guests
Monday, 13 November 2023 09:16

King Charles is set to celebrate his 75th birthday with a tea dance at Highgrove, joined by other individuals turning 75. The festivities will include live music from a local rock choir, dancing, and afternoon tea in the Orchard Room with views of the gardens.

The celebration will feature an original composition by 14-year-old Bill Goulding, a local gardening enthusiast who frequents Highgrove Gardens. Special guests, including Prince’s Foundation ambassador Jay Blades and individuals from the Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation project, commissioned by the King, will also attend. The project marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush in the UK.

Guests born in 1948 applied to attend through a ballot, and their invitations recognize their contributions to local communities. The event, organized by the Prince’s Foundation, draws inspiration from the charity’s health and wellbeing program, which hosts monthly tea dances at its Dumfries House headquarters for those at risk of loneliness and social isolation.

The celebration at Highgrove Gardens aims to bring people together in the picturesque surroundings, acknowledging their contributions to communities. The event will also commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the Windrush and NHS, with a similar birthday party for the local community at Dumfries House on the same day.

In addition to the birthday celebration, King Charles will launch his new Coronation Food Project on his birthday. Joined by Queen Camilla, he will visit a surplus food distribution center outside London to learn about how food waste can be repurposed for social good.

Inspired by the cost of living crisis, the ambitious project will run for at least five years, connecting the UK's significant food waste with increasing needs. It aims to enhance the logistical capacity of the sector by providing essential infrastructure such as warehouses, fridges, freezers, refrigerated lorries, and drivers.

Up to eight new food hubs will be established to store, prepare, and distribute food to organizations like food banks and community kitchens. The project seeks to address the issue of food waste while supporting those in need.

While the King's 70th birthday was celebrated with a grand event at Buckingham Palace, this 75th birthday is expected to be more low-key, involving only family and close friends.

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