The Duke of Cambridge looked jovial today as he chatted and laughed with guests at an engagement in central London.
Prince William, 37, attended the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund reception at St James’s Palace, where he met several royal fans and was seen deep in conversation after making an impassioned speech.
The organisation, of which William is patron, is thought to be the oldest police charity in the world; today it celebrated its 150th anniversary.
The duke was pictured speaking with a young guest, whose mother looked thrilled by the exchange, and later appeared to be enjoying a chat with Jake Allardyce, 12, as well as Emma Webb, 10, and her mother Osnat.
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Prince William, 37, attended the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund reception at St James’s Palace today
The duke was pictured speaking with a young guest and holding his hand – while the little boy’s mother beamed at the pair
Prince William later seemed to be enjoying a chat with Jake Allardyce, 12, as the charity celebrated its 150th anniversary
The charity supports the children of serving and former officers of the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police who subscribed whilst serving and are now either deceased, retired, on pension or are so incapacitated as to be unable to contribute materially to the family upkeep.
The royal made an impassioned speech in which he noted that since 1870, over 15,000 children have directly benefited from the support of the charity.
He went on to assert that today the charity provides around £1 million a year to help just over 300 children.
They money they receive goes towards educational costs, holidays, university fees and extracurricular activities.
Prince William seemed to be enjoying his royal duty as he was snapped making a fan laugh while telling a story
The duke was later seen speaking with Emma Webb, 10, and her mother Osnat at the event
In his speech, Prince William revealed that today the charity provides around £1 million a year to help just over 300 children
The Duke of Cambridge looked animated and relaxed as he chatted with guests at the event in London
‘It’s wonderful to hear from so many of you today about the tangible impact that the support provided by the Fund is having on your lives,’ William said in his speech.
The Metropolitan Police Orphanage was established in January 1870 and opened in October that year. In 1871 it was extended to include the City of London Police.
Currently, funding for the charity is made up from donations by police officers, public donations – either directly or by legacy – and investment income.
In 2017, William became Patron of the charity and attended an event at the Guildhall in the City of London to mark the 80th Anniversary of the closure of the charity’s orphanage.
The Duke of Cambridge’s full speech for the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund reception
The royal made an impassioned speech in which he noted that since 1870, over 15,000 children have directly benefited from the support of the charity
Thank you Alistair and hello to everybody here today. I’m delighted to welcome you all to St James’s Palace today to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund.
Over the past 150 years – as the oldest police charity in the world – the Fund has provided care to the children of police officers in their hour of greatest need.
Our society is defined by how we look after those who keep us all safe. It matters deeply that we help the families who play such an important role in supporting them.
I am therefore immensely proud that the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund provides such comfort and reassurance to the children of police officers who have so sadly lost their lives or livelihoods.
Since 1870, over 15,000 children have directly benefitted from this support.
And today the Fund provides around £1million a year to help just over 300 children with educational costs, holidays, university fees and extracurricular activities.
It has been wonderful to hear from so many of you today about the tangible impact that the support provided by the Fund is having on your lives.
People like Aidan Gurr – the winner of last year’s Philip Cronin Award for Endeavour and Achievement. With the Fund’s support, Aidan has gone on to become a special constable and a graduate with a degree in Paramedic Science.
Aidan was supposed to be here today but I understand he was on night shift last night so sadly hasn’t been able to make it.
We all know how difficult night shifts can be! Many congratulations to Aidan, and everyone else here today who have achieved such great things in the face of such challenging circumstances.
Finally, I wanted to end by thanking all the staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to the Fund.
Today’s event, and the celebration of such a landmark moment in the charity’s history, is a testament to the hugely important role that you all play. Thank you.
It’s been a busy week so far for Prince William, who yesterday attended an event in Loughborough. He is pictured today chatting with guests
William is pictured chatting with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at the reception
The Duke of Cambridge is pictured deep in conversation with guests during the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund reception
The visit comes as the Royal Family continues to adjust to the shift in responsibilities in the wake of Megxit
The prince appeared today without the Duchess of Cambridge, after yesterday’s joint engagement with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
The royals visited the new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough, where they met injured personnel and tried their hand at wheelchair basketball.
The engagement was thought to be the Cambridges’ and Prince Charles and Camilla’s first joint official outing as a foursome since 2011, when they attended a concert in aid of The Prince’s Trust.
The engagements came as the Royal Family continues to adjust to the shift in responsibilities in the wake of Megxit, which saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex step back from their roles as senior royals.