Big Issue vendor Eammon Kelly (left) was invited to the Buckingham Palace garden party alongside Jimmy’s Cambridge boss Mark Allan as part of King Charles’ coronation celebrations. Image: Jimmy’s Cambridge
A Big Issue vendor who once welcomed Prince William to his home was reunited with the royal at the Buckingham Palace garden party this week.
Cambridge seller Eamonn Kelly, 52, was one of 8,000 people invited to the second garden party held on Tuesday in honour of King Charles’ coronation.
Kelly attended the event alongside Mark Allan, the chief executive of homelessness charity Jimmy’s Cambridge, after the pair both met Prince of Wales William and Princess of Wales Kate last summer.
Jimmy’s boss Allan added: “It is a great recognition for Jimmy’s Cambridge to be invited to such an event, and I was really pleased I could go with one of our residents who could experience this once in a lifetime opportunity too.
“There was a really positive atmosphere, lovely tea and cakes, and the forecast downpour of rain didn’t happen!”
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