A postie from St Helens meet the Prince of Wales at a recent reception to celebrate 500 years of the Royal Mail.
Vince Jones, 66, who works as a driver for the Royal Mail, formed part of the welcome party greeting Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, with Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene.
Vince, who took his wife Linda to the Royal reception, said: “I was quite nervous beforehand, but really enjoyed the experience.
“Prince Charles said how well we all looked for having more than 50 years’ service and said he thought we all looked the same age as him. Which was correct, as he was born in 1948.
Vince joined RM on in 1965 and worked mainly in the St Helens area. He is currently a driver, working from Royal Mail’s North West regional distribution centre in Warrington.
The Royal couple viewed a timeline of Royal Mail’s 500 year history, and saw footage of a recreation of the first airmail flight, which took place in 1916.
They also signed a visitors’ book that will be displayed at Royal Mail’s headquarters.
During the reception, the Royal couple spoke to Royal Mail postmen and women who have given 50 years’ service or more to the business, Armed Forces reservists, Royal Mail charity champions and apprentices.
Moya Greene, Royal Mail’s chief executive, said: “We are honoured and delighted that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined us to celebrate 500 years of the postal service. Royal Mail is incredibly proud of its Royal associations.
“Even though today’s postal service is very different to the one King Henry VIII founded in 1516, we have never erred from our core aim – to deliver mail safely, swiftly and securely.”