Representatives of Jewish charities shared in Prince Charles’s 70th birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace this week.
The heir to the throne invited people from each charity of which he is a Patron, including the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), World Jewish Relief (WJR) and the Jewish Museum in Camden.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended in their first official public engagement since their wedding.
JLGB volunteer leader Toni Levene, who helped form the guard of honour as the Royal Family entered the garden party, said: “It was an absolute honour and privilege to represent JLGB… Standing on the steps of Buckingham Palace with the Royal Family really was a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget.”
HMDT chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said survivors were “hugely appreciative of the Royal Family’s recognition of the importance” of marking the Holocaust, adding: “This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with him.”
WJR was represented by staff, trustees and Harry Heber, who came to the UK on the Kindertransport, as well as by Debbie Cantor, who runs the charity’s archives.
Chief executive Paul Anticoni said Charles’s “vision of flourishing Jewish communities, notably in Krakow, has created fresh, vibrant Jewish life in Eastern Europe and for that we owe him a huge debt of gratitude”.
Jewish Museum chief executive Abigail Morris said she had wished Harry and Meghan “Mazel Tov” following their wedding. “They seemed genuinely delighted and thanked me very warmly,” she said. “It was great to see them carrying out their first royal engagement at the reception.”
Proud to have young Jewish ambassadors at the #RoyalGardenParty, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first public appearance since the wedding, representing JLGB and @YouthareUnited pic.twitter.com/ZPjn3B18p5
— JLGB #DoYourBit (@JLGBHQ) May 22, 2018
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