On Wednesday evening, the Prince of Wales received a very special honour at the GQ Awards taking place in London.
The GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018, in association with Hugo Boss, presented Prince Charles with The Editor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to Philanthropy.
Taking to the stage to accept his award, the first-in-line to the throne said: “First of all I really wanted to apologise for being wrongly dressed. When they first announced I was winning the MOTY award, I felt sure it most have been some kind of ill-deserved fashion award. In fashion terms I’m like a stopped clock, I’m fashionable once every 25 years.”
He added: “Thank you to GQ Magazine for doing this, I am hugely grateful it wasn’t easy at the start when trying to set up these charities and organisation and raise money.”
The Prince is Wales is president or patron of over 400 charities. For around 50 years, Prince Charles not only supported existing foundations but started his own in areas of religious tolerance, the environment and the youth.
Some of his positions include being Founder and President of The Prince’s Trust Group, The Prince’s Foundation, and The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation. They operate throughout The Commonwealth, raising over £150 million each year.
Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ, said of the occasion: “The Prince of Wales has given his service to charities and philanthropic endeavours with such steadfast revolve, clarity of purpose and dedication to others, at home and on the world stage. We are particularly honoured to be able to dedicate The Prince of Wales with this award during British GQ’s 30th Anniversary this year.”
Other winners included Rose McGowan who became the first female winner of the Inspiration Award for her work as an advocate against sexual assault. The actress was one of the first to accuse Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and has been an active voice in the #MeToo movement.