- The King’s portrait, shot by Rankin, has been featured as the cover of The Big Issue
- King Charles III has authored an exclusive message for the magazine about food poverty and the launch of The Coronation Food Project
- While celebrating his 75th birthday, King Charles III bought a Big Issue from vendor Kelvin Gregory
This week’s historic edition of the magazine features a piece penned by the King and an exclusive portrait taken by renowned photographer Rankin.
The King was attending the launch of his Coronation Food Project in Didcot when he met vendor Kelvin Gregory, 61, who usually sells outside Somerset House.
“That was nuts!” Kelvin said after meeting and shaking hands with both the King and Queen.
“He asked about my well-being, if I had accommodation, how I find selling the magazine, how The Big Issue has helped me.
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“I said I enjoy doing what I’m doing because The Big Issue helped me through bad times. Selling taught me interpersonal skills and gave me confidence back. It really helps so people should keep supporting.”