On Thursday, 16th February, King Charles visited Milton Keynes to celebrate the city’s status. For the Royal visit, the city’s residents and well-wishers were able to gather and welcome King Charles III. Camphill MK residents and staff were among the charities chosen to meet His Majesty.
On arrival at the City Church, King Charles was greeted by crowds of supporters keen to see His Majesty as part of his walk around. Some of our residents joined these crowds and were excited to get a wave and a smile from King Charles before he headed into the building.
His approach to the church was lined with 8ft tall, brightly coloured Mandala flags held by Camphill MK residents as they formed a guard of honour. His Majesty commented on the vibrancy and size of the flags to staff as he went in.
Seventeen charities were invited to an intimate reception to celebrate Milton Keynes becoming a city, a title bestowed on the town by his mother, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, before her passing. King Charles met four team members from Camphill MK who shared craft items made by the residents. In addition, they talked about tree planting on site and Camphill MK’s involvement in the Queens Green Canopy.
Camphill MK felt privileged to be part of this historical event, with sixteen members of staff and residents actively involved in the event. Last year the community was presented with the Tree of Trees, a gift from the Queens Platinum Jubilee. The large, crested, aluminium pot was displayed in the church filled with craft items. The King was pleased to see the pot which he recognised from its time outside Buckingham Palace, commenting that it was lovely to see it displayed like it was, jokingly adding that they also make excellent waste paper bins!
King Charles was warm, welcoming and interested; it was a day we will never forget.