The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall had individual and combined engagements Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday, they attended a service and host a tea party in support of the Victoria cross and George Cross Association. The service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square.
Their Royal Highnesses also met members of the association and their guests after the service at the tea party at St. James Palace. The Prince has been President of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association since 2003.
The Association represents all living medal holders of both the Victoria and George Cross. The Victoria cross is the United Kingdom’s highest military award for valour when faced by the enemy. The George Cross though, is awarded to both civilians and military personnel for displaying courage and “heroism” in the most dangerous of circumstances. Both crosses are equal in showing courage.
On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales visited the British charity centre of the Red cross in Islington. Whilst there, His Royal Highness, who is the organization’s President, met with staff and volunteers. He also chatted with Syrian and Kenyan refugees at the Berners Road centre.
The Prince gave Audrey Tibbles, a 90-year-old volunteer a certificate of commendation for her loyal 73 years of service. Ms. Tibbles began volunteering for the British Red cross during the 2nd World War. She served as Commandant of the City of London from 1956 to 1987.
His Royal Highness also met Sleman Swaish, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee who fled Aleppo in 2012. He is now a refugee service co-ordinator for the organization.
“It was an honour to meet the Prince of Wales,” he said, “and he was interested to hear about my own personal story as a refugee, as well as the great work that the British Red Cross does all over the UK.”
Director of refugee services for the Red cross, Alex Fraser, spoke of the impact of the Prince’s visit on the refugees” “It means a great deal to people like Sleman for His Royal Highness to take the time out to listen to their stories and hear about the challenges that they have overcome.”