The Prince of Wales rode in a London cab today to St Bartholomew the Great to commemorate the awarding of a Royal Charter to the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers.
Cab driver John Sheen, who has been driving for 45 years, drove Charles from Clarence House to the St Bartholomew today. This was the third time in his career he has driven the Prince.
For his service, Charles gave Mr Sheen a £10 note and commented that he had a “jolly trip in the taxi,” per MSN online. This will be the third £10 note he plans to add to his framed collection.
Back in 2004 he drove the Prince of Wales on two occasions.
Mr Sheen was asked about his Royal passenger today and commented: “Fantastic as always. He’s a good lad.”
Charles was in West Smithfield on Thursday to meet members of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers. The group work for Hackney Carriage Trade which includes some of the infamous London black cabs.
The Prince heralded the drivers for the service they provide to the country and commented: “You are an institution. You are one of its great traditions.”
He also mentioned the exceptional generosity the drivers provide for their yearly Children’s Magical Taxi Tour. A group of around 100 taxis drive chronically ill youngsters and their families to Disneyland Paris for the weekend.
The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers were granted a Royal Charter in 2013. They received a Grant of Livery in February 2004.
In 2004 Charles held a gathering for London cab drivers to acknowledge the charity effort that many of the drivers participated in especially aiding disadvantaged children.