His Majesty the King passed on a special message to Royal Star & Garter residents when he met nurses working for the charity earlier this month.

King Charles III specifically asked Walter Chikanya, who is the head of care at the High Wycombe-based establishment, to pass his regards to all veterans living at the care home.

This was during a Buckingham Palace reception he was hosting to celebrate nurses and midwives working in the UK on November 14.

High Wycombe Home Manager, Reggie Ballos, and Surbiton Clinical Nurse Educator, Grace Nabus, were also among the other Royal Star & Garter Registered Nurses attending the reception, which was part of NHS 75 celebrations and fell on His Majesty’s 75th birthday.

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Walter later said: “I wasn’t expecting a message from The King to our veterans, and I’m very happy to pass it on.

“It was an incredible experience, and an honour to talk to The King about my work with the charity, and the importance of the social care sector.

“I was proud to be there, representing the sector, and representing Royal Star & Garter and its residents.”

Reggie added: “It was wonderful to be in a room full of so many Nurses. It was an honour and I felt very proud to sing Happy Birthday to The King.

“It’s good to know he recognises internationally trained Nurses.”

Grace attended the event wearing a traditional Filipino dress.

Bucks Free Press: Grace in her Filipino dress outside Buckingham PalaceGrace in her Filipino dress outside Buckingham Palace (Image: Royal Star & Garter)

She said: “It felt very special that the King would choose to spend his birthday with us.

"It was an amazing night.”

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Over 400 nurses and midwives attended from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures which contribute to the UK’s Health and Social Care sector.

In addition to British Nurses and Midwives, His Majesty also met a selection of international Nurses and Midwives currently working in the UK.

Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, from Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe.

For more information, go to www.starandgarter.org.