Prince Charles isn’t afraid to make fun of himself.

The royal delivered a hilarious speech during the annual Prince’s Trust Awards Trophy Ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London on Thursday, thanking the event’s sponsors and poking fun at himself.

Commenting on his odd position as heir to the British throne, Charles recalled visiting the local T.K. Maxx store a few years back, teasing, “I remember there were an enormous number of people who were trying to get in, as they were waiting for me to get out!”

He added, “Story of my life…”

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“When I created The Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help improve the lives of disadvantaged young people, it was because I was so acutely aware of the challenges that they faced,” Charles continued in his speech. “Over the years some of the challenges have changed, but the overall mission of giving people self-confidence, self-esteem and better opportunities, remains the same.”

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Adding, “We have helped over one million young people transform their lives and The Prince’s Trust now works in 18 countries across the Commonwealth and beyond.”

But before signing off, the Prince of Wales snuck in one more joke, “And before I drop dead, I want to make sure we can get even further!”

Richard E. Grant and Vogue U.K. Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful were also in attendance at Thursday’s event.

Aidan Sayers from Darlington, U.K., 20, was among those being honoured at the event, with him being presented with the Ascential Educational Achiever Award by an emotional Charles. He’s managed to turn his life around thanks to the Trust after being left unemployed and excluded from school.

Cordell Jeffers, 28, was also handed the Young Change Makers award after struggling with his education growing up and being kicked out of school before getting his qualifications.

Praising the winners, Charles said: “After what seems like an incredibly long time, and it really is marvellous to be together again, in person, after this delay of 18 months or so with this dreadful pandemic, and to share in the celebrations of all these wonderful young people.

“I find their stories have moved me, made me laugh and cry. I can’t tell you how proud I am of all of them and what they represent in terms of the incredible amount of effort and determination they’ve put into all this – and to win the awards!” he added, reports Hello!