It was a day to remember for the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Bill Papastergiadis when he met Prince Charles.
The pair came together in London last month at St James’s Palace during a reception for the Prince’s Trust International, established to support vulnerable young people.
The event was hosted for Greek students and business people, with a local presence from Mr Papastergiadis who travelled to London from Greece. Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos he had the chance to speak with the royal one-on-one, during which the Prince revealed that he knew Melbourne, and it’s large Greek community, quite well given he had been a student in Geelong.
“It was a purely philanthropic meeting and we talked about how we can help Greek youth to find work,” Mr Papastergiadis said.
The Prince’s Trust International was established in Greece in 2015, offering programmes to those aged between 18 and 30 who are struggling with the economic crisis, with a five year goal to help 2,200 young people around Greece.
“It is, after all, the land of my grandfather,” Prince Charles said of Greece.