The Prince of Wales has thanked civil servants from across government for their work to support ministers, aid science and technology and keep the country safe.
Prince Charles’ recognition of the “fascinating” work at the heart of government came as he and the Duchess of Cornwall toured 70 Whitehall yesterday, met senior officials and apprentices, and received a briefing on the work of the Cabinet Office.
Topics covered included responding to national emergencies, preparations for the UN Climate Summit COP26, the Geospatial Commission’s National Underground Asset Register pilots, and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s work on the Proton Beam Therapy Programme, which is helping to treat cancer in children.
The royals were accompanied by cabinet secretary Sir Mark Sedwill and Cabinet Office permanent secretary Sir John Manzoni, alongside the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Oliver Dowden, who was yesterday promoted to culture secretary in prime minister Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.
Heir to the throne Prince Charles told Cabinet Office staff the visit had underscored the civil service’s bedrock status for the nation.
“It is fascinating to see what is happening at the heart of the government in the Cabinet Office,” he said.
“I realise what an immensely important role you all play… and I greatly respect the value, the immense amount of intelligence, concern and real desire for public service.
“Thank you for everything you do and the difference you make in this country.”
Charles and Camilla concluded their visit by unveiling a commemorative photograph in front of staff.