India Hicks says it 'still feels strange' to call Charles King
25th September 2022

Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks reveals it ‘still feel strange’ to call him the King as she takes part in charity bike ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle for The Prince’s Trust

  • Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks revealed it’s ‘strange’ to call him ‘King’
  • Made the comment in an Instagram post announcing a charity bicycle ride
  • She said she would ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle 
  • India attended the Queen’s funeral last week with mother Lady Pamela Hicks 

India Hicks, the goddaughter of King Charles, has revealed that it ‘still feels strange’ to use the monarch’s new title.

The 55-year-old daughter of Lady Pamela Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at the King’s wedding to Princess Diana in 1981, made the comments in a recent Instagram post.

In the post, India also revealed that she would be undertaking a bicycle ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle in a bid to raise money for the monarch’s charity The Prince’s Trust.

Sharing an image of herself with her bike, alongside a friend who she identified as Isabella, India wrote that she would be joining thousands of others for the ride, during which she would part of the Women Supporting Women team.

King Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks, 55, (pictured with a friend she identified as ‘Isabella’) revealed she would be undertaking a bike ride to raise money for Charles’ charity The Princes’ Trust

India Hicks (pictured here with her mother Lady Pamela Hicks) shared a photo of the pair wearing mourning attire for the Queen’s funeral last week

In the post, shared yesterday, she said: ‘Tomorrow I am biking from Buckingham Place to Windsor Castle, along with several thousand other people, in the hopes of raising awareness and funds to help transform the lives of youngsters who are facing a frankly s***** future.

‘King Charles (still feels strange saying that) set up the charity in 1976 with a few thousand pounds of his severance pay from the Navy, to tackle high youth unemployment which he feared would leave young people marginalised.

‘The Prince’s Trust has now helped over a million people, believing that every young person should have the chance to succeed, no matter what their background or challenges they are facing.’

India continued, saying that she would be ‘cycling as part of the Women Supporting Women team, established at The Prince’s Trust in 2018 to specifically help young, disadvantaged women transform their lives’. 

She continued: ‘Recently I’ve spent many hours on the bike training for this, but after my last disaster when I trained so hard and then my back gave up on me I have been cautious.’

India, who shares sons Wesley, 24, Felix, 24, Amory, 22, Conrad, 18, and daughter Domino, 13, with her partner David Flint Wood, lives in the Bahamas but was in the UK last week to celebrate her one year wedding anniversary when the Queen died aged 96. Here she is pictured at Her Majesty’s funeral in London

The 55-year-old was photographed shedding a tear as she walked into Westminster Abbey to say her final goodbye to the Queen last week

Concluding her post, India said the ride was ‘only possible because of two extraordinary women’, who she named as Isabella and Claire, describing their team as ‘Truly women-supporting-women’.

The post follows India attending Her Majesty’s state funeral last Monday at Westminster Abbey.

Following the service, she posted photos on Instagram of herself with her mother and said it was a ‘privilege’ to attend the service to bid farewell to Her late Majesty. 

In photos posted on Instagram following the funeral, Hicks is seen wearing a fitted black dress with an ornate pattern, matched with a striking tilted headpiece with oversized floral decoration; the socialite and mother-of-five also wore black suede knee-high boots for the historic occasion.   

India, 55, looked sombre in all black including a long sleeved black dress with and knee-high Louboutin boots, as she walked alongside her wheelchair-bound mother Lady Pamela Hicks into Britain’s most historic church

Taking to social media, India described attending the funeral of the Queen as a ‘privilege’, after going to the event with her mother Lady Pamela Hicks

Lady Pamela Hicks, who is Prince Philip’s cousin and the daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, looked straight at the camera for the photograph of herself with her youngest daughter.

Wearing a stylish pleated dress, with patent black loafers and a wide-brimmed hat, the aristocrat belied her 93 years. Both ladies wore brooches, with Lady Pamela donning a diamond bow brooch, alongside a five-string pearl necklace. 

Hicks captioned the photos on her social media account, saying: ‘What a privilege. To have seen the sun set over Westminster Abbey last night and to return today, beside my mother, for the State Funeral, followed by the Committal Service in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.’  

India was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. She is pictured  second left at the wedding with the Queen and Diana 

India, who shares sons Wesley, 24, Felix, 24, Amory, 22, Conrad, 18, and daughter Domino, 13, with her partner David Flint Wood, lives in the Bahamas but was in the UK last week to celebrate her one year wedding anniversary when the Queen passed away aged 96. 

Lady Pamela’s father, Earl Mountbatten, was affectionately known as ‘Uncle Dickie’ by Prince Philip and the Queen, and was seen as hugely influential in the early life of both royals. 

Through her father she is a great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, also making her a distant cousin of the Queen. 

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