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King Charles celebrates 75th birthday by launching new food charity initiative | UK News

The King has celebrated his 75th birthday by helping to launch a new food charity initiative.

Joined by the Queen at his side, the King visited a food distribution hub in Oxfordshire to kick-start his Coronation Food Project – which aims to support charities feeding the nation with unwanted food.

While at a tour of the South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance, the King walked over to the delivery vans and a small group of people nearby began singing Happy Birthday.

After the impromptu celebration, he greeted Katy Anne Perugia who led the rendition. She said of the meeting: “The King said to us ‘how did you know it was my birthday’ and we all laughed.”

King Charles III and Queen Camilla mark the King's 75th birthday at the launch of The Coronation Food Project, which aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food need across all four nations of the United Kingdom, at the South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance (SOFEA) surplus food distribution centre, in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday November 14, 2023.
The King spent his birthday helping launch his Coronation Food Project with the Queen

Before leaving, the King also met senior representatives from leading supermarkets and budget food retailers who have signed up to the Coronation Food Project pledge to distribute more surplus food.

The King smiled as he was serenaded once again with those invited singing Happy Birthday.

 King Charles and Queen Camilla visit FareShare to launch the Coronation Food Project, on his birthday, in Didcot

The head of state is the cover star of the latest edition of the Big Issue.

Writing in the magazine, he said: “Food need is as real and urgent a problem as food waste – and if a way could be found to bridge the gap between them, then it would address two problems in one.

“It is my great hope that this Coronation Food Project will find practical ways to do just that – rescuing more surplus food, and distributing it to those who need it most.”

The King was seen handing seller Kelvin, 61, £10 for the magazine costing £4 at the end of the event in Oxfordshire.

The vendor, who has been homeless for periods of his life since he was a teenager, said of the project: “I think it goes to show he cares, he’s reaching out to the general public.”

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This notice was published: 2023-11-14 19:47:00

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