In the run up to the coronation set for May 6, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have already shared a playlist, Camilla’s choice of crown for the occasion, and plans for the Big Help Out, a community service event set for two days after the coronation. On Tuesday, the queen consort announced another coronation program to honor the nation’s volunteers and charities. Along with Dame Judi Dench, Camilla is supporting the Coronation Champions Award, which will be given 500 British people who have overcome adversity and contributed positively to their communities.
“I am delighted to be launching the Coronation Champions Awards with the Royal Voluntary Service, to shine a light on the herculean efforts of our nation’s volunteers,” Camilla said in a statement. “Up and down the country, millions of unsung heroes are contributing to their local communities, giving generously of their time and their talents to enhance the lives of others.”
The 500 winners will be chosen in eight categories, including health and care, sustainability, animal welfare, supporting young people, crisis and welfare, and community, from names submitted in an open nomination process. Winners will receive a specially designed pin and a signed certificate from the queen consort, along with an invitation to attend an official coronation event.
In a statement, Dench explained that the awards are a tribute to Charles and Camilla’s own histories of volunteer work. “I have seen how the power of volunteering can be invaluable and far-reaching,” she said. “The Coronation Champions Awards are not only a fitting tribute to Their Majesties’ own public service, but they are also a superb opportunity to pause and show our appreciation for the people who are achieving marvelous things through volunteering.”
The announcement comes one week after Camilla tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled a series of public engagements. On Friday, Charles visited Milton Keyes by himself, where he gave a brief update on his wife’s health. According to Hello, when a well-wisher asked how she was doing, he replied, “She’s getting better.”
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