Prince Charles presents 2016 Michael Pittilo Essay Prize
Prince Charles has awarded the 2016 Michael Pittilo Essay Prize to trainee nurse Sean Harrison.
The 67-year-old royal proudly attended the ceremony in London and shared jokes wth the winner asking if he was “interrupting his exams” when he handed him the prize money of £500.
According to nursingtimes.net, Sean – a student at Northumbria University – said: “The highlight of my day was having my award presented by Prince Charles. I was slightly nervous, but he was very nice, congratulated me and asked if he was interrupting my exams.
“I am particularly proud to receive this award, not only as a Northumbria University student, but for the nursing profession.”
It has been a busy few months for the Duke of Cornwall.
He met with astronaut Tim Peake last month and he also became a patron of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Gardens.
When he met up with Major Peake, Charles asked if he was “in one piece” after he returned to earth after six months in space.
And he told Charles it took a while for him to find his “balance” when he landed back on the planet.
Peake – who received the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George for extraordinary service beyond our planet in the Queen’s Birthday Honours – said: “It does take a while – took a week for the balance to return.
And Charles – who is married to Duchess Camilla – was “delighted” to be made an official supporter of the gardens in south-west London and is “proud” of its history spanning over 25 decades.
He said: “I have always had the greatest affection and admiration for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, so I could not be more proud and delighted to have been invited to become Patron of this great institution. Kew has had its roots planted deeply in British soil for more than 250 years, but has developed an international reputation as one of the world’s greatest botanic gardens, renowned for its scientific research and plant collections.”