Duchess of Cornwall launches the Platinum Champions Awards for volunteers

The Duchess of Cornwall has launched the ‘Platinum Champions Awards’, together with the Royal Voluntary Service and in partnership with The Big Jubilee Lunch, to celebrate volunteers across the country.

The awards will celebrate outstanding volunteers, who are making a difference every day. The Royal Voluntary Service want to recognise volunteers of all ages, from all corners of Britain and from a range of causes.

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Bath in her first engagements since The Queen announced it was her ‘sincere wish’ for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles is king. (Clarence House)

Nominations can be submitted in the following categories: older people and dementia support; young people and children; crisis and welfare; community; mental health and companionship; physical health and disability; NHS and social care.

Speaking about the launch, Camilla said: “I’m so delighted to be launching the Platinum Champions Volunteer Awards alongside Royal Voluntary Service. In honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service, we want to celebrate the outstanding contribution of volunteers.”

She continued: “In the search for our Platinum Champions, we want to thank and recognise all of those truly special people that are making a real difference to our communities with their kindness and generosity.”

“I hope many of you will share your stories of these local heroes and nominate them for a Platinum Champion Award. I believe it is these volunteers, enhancing the lives of others, that are the backbone of this country. I look forward to seeing our Platinum Champions, and all volunteers, celebrated at The Big Jubilee Lunch this summer.”

BBC’s The One Show and Morning Live will be showcasing some of the stories as the official Broadcast Partner.

A new photo of Queen Elizabeth II was released to mark Accession Day on the year of her Platinum Jubilee (@RoyalFamily Twitter)

The Queen marked the start of her Platinum Jubilee with the release of a new photograph, which shows her smiling with one of he famous red boxes; these despatch boxes are sent on a daily basis to Her Majesty and contain confidential documents relating to official government business.

The Queen also announced it was her ‘sincerest wish’ for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles becomes King. It has long been expected that Camilla would become Princess Consort when Charles was King, after a statement made by Clarence House in the early years of their marriage stating this. In response to The Queen’s wish, The Prince of Wales released his own statement noting he and Camilla were ‘deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother’s wish’.

Nominations for the Platinum Champion Awards can be submitted here.

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