King Charles III turns 75 on 14 November and is determined to use the occasion to shine the spotlight on a good cause – with an exclusive message for the UK and the world told through The Big Issue.
For months, he has been developing the Coronation Food Project, to redirect surplus food to those who need it. The King writes about the project in next week’s edition of The Big Issue, available from Monday (13 November), with an exclusive cover portrait taken by renowned photographer Rankin at Clarence House to mark the Monarch’s birthday.
Inside The Big Issue, the King writes: “For many years, I have been deeply concerned about the amount of food which goes to waste across our nation. At every stage of the food production process, millions of tonnes of food are sadly discarded.
“To mark my 75th birthday in this Coronation year, I could ask for no greater gift than that the Coronation Food Project creates a lasting legacy to help others – and help the planet.
“Food need is as real and urgent a problem as food waste – and if a way could be found to bridge the gap between them, then it would address two problems in one.”
Rankin said: “It was an absolute honour to shoot this specifically for The Big Issue and specifically around the Coronation Food Project, which I’m a big supporter of.”