Prince Charles hosts The National Pharmacy Association reception at St James's Palace 

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The Prince of Wales hosted a reception for The National Pharmacy Association on Wednesday evening.

Charles, 73, looked polished in a pin stripe suit with a white shirt and carefully coordinated print tie as he met almost 200 pharmacists who were invited to St James’s Palace for the highly anticipated event.

Less than six months ago, he paid tribute to The National Pharmacy Association and its members in a video praising the community pharmacists’ efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Tonight’s reception comes just days after the royal and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, visited the BBC’s broadcasting house.

The Prince of Wales (pictured centre) hosted a reception for The National Pharmacy Association on Wednesday evening

The Prince of Wales (pictured centre) hosted a reception for The National Pharmacy Association on Wednesday evening

Charles, 73, appeared in good spirits as he met with guests at St James's Palace

Charles, 73, appeared in good spirits as he met with guests at St James’s Palace

The reception was organised to show recognition for the work of pharmacists during the pandemic with almost 200 people invited to attend

The reception was organised to show recognition for the work of pharmacists during the pandemic with almost 200 people invited to attend

Prince Charles appeared in good spirits as he spoke with guests in attendance, while holding a drink. 

He spoke animatedly while showing recognition for the work of pharmacists during the pandemic in a speech on stage.

The National Pharmacy Association claims to be the representative voice and ‘head office’ of independent community pharmacies across the UK. 

The not-for-profit organisation supports independent community pharmacies to succeed professionally and commercially for the benefit of their patients. 

Back in November Charles took to YouTube to speak to The National Pharmacy Association saying: ‘It is my greatest pleasure to be able to join you this evening, albeit by this now familiar virtual method to congratulate and celebrate The National Pharmacy Association on its centenary year.

Prince Charles looked polished in a pin stripe suit teamed with a white shirt as he kept the same outfit from earlier in the day

Prince Charles looked polished in a pin stripe suit teamed with a white shirt as he kept the same outfit from earlier in the day 

Prince Charles spoke animatedly with the guests in attendance as he walked around the event carrying a drink

Prince Charles spoke animatedly with the guests in attendance as he walked around the event carrying a drink 

Charles previously showed his admiration for The National Pharmacy Association in a YouTube tribute shared in November

Charles previously showed his admiration for The National Pharmacy Association in a YouTube tribute shared in November

‘I am so glad that I can help you mark this important milestone for the National Pharmacy Association and also express my warmest thanks to community pharmacy teams across the United Kingdom for their tireless efforts to keep people safe and well during the pandemic.

‘I know that this has been about the most challenging time possible for everyone working in the health service. Throughout it all, your commitment to patient care has never wavered, despite the many enormous pressures you have faced.

‘During this pandemic period we have learned as never before that pharmacies are one of those vital places where science and society meet. Crucially they are about people and places not just pills.

Charles took to the stage to give a speech having previously congratulated the National Pharmacy Association on the centenary

Charles took to the stage to give a speech having previously congratulated the National Pharmacy Association on the centenary 

The Prince of Wales has previously praised pharmacists for their commitment to patients despite the pressures faced during the pandemic

The Prince of Wales has previously praised pharmacists for their commitment to patients despite the pressures faced during the pandemic

Charles has claimed the pandemic was the'most challenging' time for people working in health services

Prince of Wales gave a speech this evening at St James's Palace

Charles has claimed the pandemic was the ‘most challenging’ time for people working in health services 

Prince Charles claims the pandemic taught everyone how'vital' pharmacies are in communities

Prince Charles claims the pandemic taught everyone how ‘vital’ pharmacies are in communities

The Prince of Wales appeared interested in having a conversation with as many of the guests as possible

The Prince of Wales met with guests throughout the evening

The Prince of Wales appeared interested in having a conversation with as many of the guests as possible 

Almost 200 people gathered to hear Charles speak as he showed recognition for the work of pharmacists throughout the pandemic

Almost 200 people gathered to hear Charles speak as he showed recognition for the work of pharmacists throughout the pandemic

‘With some 1.6 million patient contacts each day. They are part of the essential fabrics of neighbourhoods and communities. As well as contributing to people’s health and wellbeing they contribute to the economic health of our High Streets too.’

He went on to add the profession provided ‘a great example in drawing your talent from across the rich diversity of communities that make up our nation, and, in so doing, have made an enormous contribution to our society in the widest sense.

‘While a great deal has changed in the way pharmaceuticals are manufactured and supplied over the past century, the community pharmacist’s role as an approachable and accessible first port of call for medicines, and for advice, has remained constant.’

Prince Charles greeted guests with a handshake having previously praised the contribution of pharmacists to society

Prince Charles greeted guests with a handshake having previously praised the contribution of pharmacists to society

Prince Charles has claimed pharmacists contribute to the'economic health' of the High Street as well as helping people's health and wellbeing

Prince Charles has claimed pharmacists contribute to the ‘economic health’ of the High Street as well as helping people’s health and wellbeing 

Prince Charles appeared in good spirits despite having had a busy day, with a visit to a south London youth club earlier

Prince Charles appeared in good spirits despite having had a busy day, with a visit to a south London youth club earlier

The Prince of Wales showed appreciation for pharmacists throughout this evening's reception

The Prince of Wales showed appreciation for pharmacists throughout this evening’s reception

The royal enjoyed a game of catch with teenagers Anjola Adebiyi, 16, and Sharon Aiyelemi, 17 - Anjola said the prince had was good and'didn't drop it'

The royal enjoyed a game of catch with teenagers Anjola Adebiyi, 16, and Sharon Aiyelemi, 17 – Anjola said the prince had was good and ‘didn’t drop it’

The heir-to-the-throne has had a busy day of engagements having earlier visited a south London youth club.

Prince Charles was spotted wearing the same suit with a silver tie and blue pocket square, as he examined designs for Dexters Adventure Playground, which is an upcoming project of local charity, the BIGKID Foundation.

He also showcased his American Football skills, taking a ball and throwing it twice to players Anjola Adebiyi, 16, and Sharon Aiyelemi, 17.

The mid-week visit to the South London borough also saw Charles shaking hands with a local food truck owner, known as Maureen, as he browsed dishes being cooked up for lunch.

The youth centre and play area in the heart of Brixton were given to the BIGKID foundation by Lambeth Council on the condition that it is used for social impact – and is already helping 100 plus children from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds a week.

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