The Queen has hosted a reception at Windsor Castle in celebration of the centenary of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
The Princess Royal and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended the reception.
The NCVO represents a diverse community of over 14,000 member organisations of all sizes – a third of the voluntary sector workforce in England - and the reception highlighted the achievements of voluntary action over the last 100 years.
Tonight, The Queen met volunteers from all different charities including Louise Munro who is Helpforce’s Young Volunteer of the Year. She has a chronic condition yet volunteers at hospitals to take care of the elderly, and those on orthopaedics and stroke wards.
Her Majesty also met 87-year-old Ron who has volunteered for the past 10 years in a local hospital ever since his wife died.
An important part of The Queen’s work is to support and encourage voluntary service.
Her Majesty is involved with over 600 patronages, which cover every area of the charity and voluntary sector.
In the first archive picture, number 12, The Queen is at the Women's Royal Voluntary Service at St James's Palace, London in 1978.
In the second, number 13, The Queen is pictured in 1975 meeting British Red Cross nurses in Barnsley market.
Her Majesty has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952 and is also Patron of The Scout Association. Volunteers are a vital part of their organisations.
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