Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today (8 March) visited our centre in Kennington to meet young people whose lives have been changed as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations. 

One of the young people was Peter Higgs who showed Their Royal Highnesses a display case of honeycomb with thousands of bees, which he uses to demonstrate his honey bee rescue service, BeeGone.

Peter was helped by us in 2009 after a difficult and traumatic childhood moving around foster care and secure units, missing his education.

He said: “I felt lost. I had a passion for wildlife management and wanted to set up my own pest control company, but I had no effective support or guidance. Then The Prince’s Trust stepped forward to help me make it all happen.”

Among those gathered today were individuals who had been helped over the course of our 40-year history, including: Elizabeth Galton, who received a bursary and has since risen to become Creative Director at jewellers Mappin and Webb, entrepreneur Marc Wileman, creator of Sublime Science, and David Robinson, former Chief Operating Officer at Argos, now Managing Director at Conviviality Retail.

The Queen and The Prince also saw the work of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. They met a group of young people working in the centre’s Digital Classroom, which aims to improve young people’s exposure to the latest digital technology, helping them to advance in school and also in the future job market.

At the conclusion of the visit, The Queen and The Prince of Wales cut a celebratory cake – baked by La’Tifah Atkinson-Campbell – to mark our celebrations.

Martina Milburn, Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said:

For 40 years The Prince’s Trust has been working to support young people because we believe that everyone deserves a chance. The Prince of Wales has worked tirelessly during that time to make a real difference to young people. It was a privilege to show Her Majesty some of this work.