Prince Charles today paid a moving tribute to our late columnist Lynda Bellingham, describing her as a 'marvellous actress' as he backed her work to get more older people into work.
The Prince of Wales said he was 'greatly saddened' by her death from cancer this week, praising her 'tireless' work for other people.
'As you know, she was not only a marvellous actress but also someone who worked tirelessly for others. So she really will be hugely missed.'
For two years Lynda had been an ambassador for the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise (Prime) which helps the over-50s start their own companies. The organisation is now part of the Prince's charity Business In The Community.
The Prince reflected on her work at the launch of a report that found Britain must make better use of older workers, for the benefit of the country and their own financial well-being.
He told delegates: 'Before referring to the work of Prime, I did just want to pay, if I may, a special tribute to Lynda Bellingham, who was, as many of you know, a wonderful ambassador for Prime.
'Personally I was greatly saddened to learn that she had passed away this week. As you know, she was not only a marvellous actress but also someone who worked tirelessly for others. So she really will be hugely missed.'
Lynda had been invited to attend the event with Prince Charles some time ago but had declined due to her illness.
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