Prince Charles looks suave in a pin stripe suit as he hosts The National Pharmacy Association reception
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Prince Charles looks suave in a pin stripe suit as he hosts The National Pharmacy Association reception

5 May 2022
3 min.
Prince Charles looks suave in a pin stripe suit as he hosts The National Pharmacy Association reception

The Prince of Wales hosted a reception for The National Pharmacy Association on Wednesday evening.

Charles, 73, looked polished in a pin stripe suit with a white shirt and carefully coordinated print tie as he met almost 200 pharmacists who were invited to St James's Palace for the highly anticipated event.

Less than six months ago, he paid tribute to The National Pharmacy Association and its members in a video praising the community pharmacists' efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Charles appeared in good spirits as he spoke with guests in attendance, while holding a drink. 

He spoke animatedly while showing recognition for the work of pharmacists during the pandemic in a speech on stage.

The National Pharmacy Association claims to be the representative voice and 'head office' of independent community pharmacies across the UK. 

The not-for-profit organisation supports independent community pharmacies to succeed professionally and commercially for the benefit of their patients. 

Back in November Charles took to YouTube to speak to The National Pharmacy Association saying: 'It is my greatest pleasure to be able to join you this evening, albeit by this now familiar virtual method to congratulate and celebrate The National Pharmacy Association on its centenary year.

'I am so glad that I can help you mark this important milestone for the National Pharmacy Association and also express my warmest thanks to community pharmacy teams across the United Kingdom for their tireless efforts to keep people safe and well during the pandemic.

'I know that this has been about the most challenging time possible for everyone working in the health service. Throughout it all, your commitment to patient care has never wavered, despite the many enormous pressures you have faced.

'During this pandemic period we have learned as never before that pharmacies are one of those vital places where science and society meet. Crucially they are about people and places not just pills.

'With some 1.6 million patient contacts each day. They are part of the essential fabrics of neighbourhoods and communities. As well as contributing to people's health and wellbeing they contribute to the economic health of our High Streets too.'

He went on to add the profession provided 'a great example in drawing your talent from across the rich diversity of communities that make up our nation, and, in so doing, have made an enormous contribution to our society in the widest sense.

'While a great deal has changed in the way pharmaceuticals are manufactured and supplied over the past century, the community pharmacist's role as an approachable and accessible first port of call for medicines, and for advice, has remained constant.'

The heir-to-the-throne has had a busy day of engagements having earlier visited a south London youth club.

Prince Charles was spotted wearing the same suit with a silver tie and blue pocket square, as he examined designs for Dexters Adventure Playground, which is an upcoming project of local charity, the BIGKID Foundation.

He also showcased his American Football skills, taking a ball and throwing it twice to players Anjola Adebiyi, 16, and Sharon Aiyelemi, 17.

The mid-week visit to the South London borough also saw Charles shaking hands with a local food truck owner, known as Maureen, as he browsed dishes being cooked up for lunch.

The youth centre and play area in the heart of Brixton were given to the BIGKID foundation by Lambeth Council on the condition that it is used for social impact - and is already helping 100 plus children from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds a week.


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