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.

prince charles celebrates Abbeyfield patronage

The Prince joked about understanding exactly what it takes to look after older people 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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