Written by Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan

I have had the honour and privilege of witnessing the King’s love for our country since 1990, when I started working closely with him to transform disadvantaged youth. My father, the former President R. Venkataraman, was invited to stay at the Buckingham Palace in April 1990, during his state visit to the U.K. I accompanied my parents on this visit and not only experienced the Queen’s enormous personal warmth first hand but also had the rare chance to learn about the then Prince Charles’ remarkable programme, the Prince’s Trust.