The Prince of Wales hosts a reception for Age UK

The Prince of Wales has held a reception at Buckingham Palace for representatives and workers from Age UK.

The event celebrated later life and was attended by older people who prove age is no barrier to achievement. His Royal Highness is Patron of Age UK, a charity which campaigns on the issues that matter most to older people, ensuring they have enough money and enjoy life as well as receive high quality healthcare and feel safe and valued at home.

During the reception, which was held as part of The Prince’s 70th birthday celebrations, actor Charles Dance read the poem ‘Time Flies’ by Roger McGough before The Prince of Wales was presented with a plant pot sown with herb seeds symbolising ageing.

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge and Age UK Ambassador Len Goodman was present at the event and said it is important to help older people suffering from loneliness.

He said: "Older people can be isolated and don't see anyone and we're trying to make the public aware that it's not a big job to pop two doors along and make sure they're OK," he said.

"I'm fortunate to have a son and loving wife but I can well imagine if I didn't have that how lonely you can get."

Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph said Age UK does "fantastic work" supporting older people.

"My mother was in a care home and I saw a lot of people in there who never got a visitor and that really broke my heart, that anyone could get to the later part of their lives and have nobody," she added.

"It can be so easily overcome, if you know somebody on your street to offer to do shopping or go for a coffee.”