“I just received my invitation from the Royal Family,” says a proud Max, who shared the news on Twitter. “Now it feels so real. My mom cried when she saw the invitation. Probably because it had my dad’s name written on it, not hers,” he jokes.
Max certainly fits the description of ‘extraordinary Briton’. When he was ten years old, he lost his friend and neighbor, Rick Abbott, to cancer. The man died at the North Devon Hospice, an organization that Max later collected €742,000 in a private way. “Rick gave me a tent before he died,” said the boy. “And he told me to go on an adventure with him. Well done.” Max slept outside in the tent every day for three years. His story made all the headlines, even brought him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
His exceptional commitment to charity has clearly impressed King Charles, and Max has recently received an invitation to the coronation. “I can hardly believe it,” said the 13-year-old. In the meantime, exchange the tent for an ordinary bedroom.
It is customary to invite a few so-called “national heroes” to major royal events, but Charles places much more emphasis on this than his predecessors. He invited no fewer than 850 ordinary Britons to his coronation, rather than many politicians and members of the royal family. Although, of course, the latter will be present in large numbers.
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