By Duncan Mackay

Prince Charles_with_volunteers_at_reception_September_2012September 21 - The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have held a reception to thank some of the people and organisations who helped make London 2012 such a success. 

Charles and Camilla hosted a reception at Clarence House for 120 Games Makers and volunteers, 30 Team London Ambassadors and 40 members of the military who worked at the Games.

Charles and Camilla spent time talking with the volunteers about their experience which many have called the "opportunity of a lifetime".

The Royal couple chatted and joked with the individuals who came together to help London 2012 the most successful Olympics and Paralympics in history.

Particularly poignant was the story of 25-year-old Genevieve Robinson, who overcame the grief caused by the death of her father Shaun to take part as a volunteer in the Opening Ceremony.

Robinson revealed to Charles and Camilla that her father came down with leukaemia before she was selected and died without being able to see her participate.

"I didn't think I would be able to return to anything in the world, but he was so excited and he wrote a little book and diary while he was in hospital," she said.

"With that I was just like, 'I have to do it, I have to carry on', so I did and it was the best thing I've ever done.

"I was drumming in the Opening Ceremony and just thinking of him."

Christopher Locke worked as a volunteer despite having to commute 7,900 miles from the Falkland Islands.

The 53-year-old, who served as a junior officer in the Navy during the Falklands War in 1982, moved to Mount Pleasant in February to work as a harbour master.

But he did not want to pass on the opportunity to take part in the Olympics and opted to travel between the Falklands and London four times to be part of Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony team.

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