The Duchess of Cornwall meets Diamond Champions helping their communities
The Duchess of Cornwall today met a 78-year-old unsung hero who has been helping young people for four decades.
Her Royal Highness went to the Queensway Ice Rink in central London, where pensioner Alice Hanrahan volunteers to coach children to ice-skate.
Mrs Hanrahan, from Enfield, travels up and down the country and overseas to train youngsters.
She has been nominated as a Diamond Champion for historic charity WRVS, which is honouring hundreds of volunteers over the age of 60 in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
Mrs Hanrahan said: "It was such an honour to meet The Duchess of Cornwall. I'm really thrilled to have been nominated as a Diamond Champion.
"Ice skating relies on people giving up their time to help teach young people. It is so rewarding for me to see young people who have a passion for skating, develop their skills and to flourish."
WRVS is looking for 480 Diamond Champion nominations from around the UK to be presented with a pin and certificate.
From the shortlist, 80 will be selected to meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at a royal residence this autumn.
During the visit, The Duchess also met Mrs Hanrahan's daughter Sarah, an international ice skating judge, and three skaters that Alice has worked with, 18-year-old Anastasia Kinsky, and brother and sister Sophia and Curtis Elton, aged seven and eight. Further information