- Prince Charles, 72, made a stunning appearance at The Prince’s Trust Awards at St James’s Palace in London today
- Aidan Sayers, 20, of Darlington, was kicked out of school, but now has a home, a car and a job
- Prince Charles gets emotional as Aidan thanks his tutor for guiding him through a trust course
- The royal welcomed many famous faces including Richard E Grant, Kate Garraway and Fearon Cotton
Prince Charles was in tears as a young man paid tribute to his college tutor for his support as he turned his life around with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
Aidan Sayers’ transformation from an unemployed teen dropped out of school was recognized with an award from a trust presented by Charles, who has a house, a car, and a job.
The award winner became emotional as she thanked Claire McGarvey for guiding her through a trust course, and told her, “I have as much love for you as my grandmother.”
Charles appeared tearful during the 20-year-old’s speech during the awards ceremony held at St James’s Palace and later praised the determination of the recognized youth.
Prince Charles had tears in his eyes when Aidan Sayers (pictured together) paid tribute to his college tutor for his support as he turned his life around with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
The Prince of Wales, who founded the Prince’s Trust organization in 1976, gives a speech before announcing the winners
Prince Charles made a smart display welcoming several celebrities, including Richard E Grant (pictured together), to The Prince’s Trust Awards at St James’s Palace in London on Thursday.
Prince of Wales, Fearon Cotton and Edward Enninful appeared to share a joke together while laughing
Presenters Fearon Cotton and Kate Garraway pose for the cameras as they wait for the ceremony to begin
During a speech, he said: ‘After a delay of 18 months or more, it is really wonderful to be together again after this terrible pandemic, then to participate in the celebration of all these wonderful young people.
‘I think his stories have alternately inspired me, made me laugh and cry.
‘So, I’ve found out how proud I am of all of them, and what they represent in all of this and in terms of the incredible effort and determination they put into winning their award.’
The awards were presented virtually earlier in the year and the event gave Charles the opportunity to personally recognize the winners.
Guests were ambassadors and supporters of the Prince’s Trust and its international body, including actors Richard E. Grant and Colin Salmon, Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, comic Hugh Dennis, presenter Kate Garraway and host Fearne Cotton.
Aidan Sayers described the school as ‘not for me’ and later revealed that his hopes of joining the military were dashed due to allergies, but he enrolled in the Prince’s Trust Achievement course which gave him purpose and confidence .
Edward Enninful looked dapper in a black suit and crisp white shirt shaking hands with Prince Charles
Kate Garraway looked effortlessly stylish in a paisley-print dress (pictured, left), while Fearne Cotton put on a bold display in a bright fuchsia suit
Smiling Gaby Roslin shakes hands with Prince Charles while Tyler West waits for his turn
Gabby Roslin was all smiles as she spoke with the Princess of Wales during the trophy ceremony
The Prince’s Trust Awards honor the achievements of youth supported by the Trust’s programs. In the picture, Prince Charles is giving a speech
Tyler West (pictured, shaking hands with Prince Charles) puts his best foot forward in a gray blazer, which he paired with a smart, black top and trousers
The Prince of Wales meets Adam Pearson and Hugh Dennis (right) during a trophy ceremony to honor Prince of Wales award winners and supporters of the charity
Prince Charles shook hands with Edward Enninful (pictured, left) dressed smartly, while Richard E. Grant was suit-and-boots in a three-piece suit and burgundy tie
The Prince of Wales speaks with Hugh Dennis, Kate Garraway and Colin Salmon at the Prince’s Trust Awards trophy ceremony at St James’s Palace