It was a moment which dozens of schoolchildren and staff will never forget. 

King Charles III's private helicopter landed on the field of Aureus School in Didcot on the royal's 75th birthday yesterday. 

The King was greeted by enthusiastic staff and excited kids at the secondary school ahead of an engagement at the South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance (SOFEA), part of FareShare, a national network of charitable food redistributors.

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Video footage of the helicopter landing has been captured by staff at the school and shows the historic moment the royals landed in the county.

King Charles was kickstarting his Coronation Food Project at SOFEA with the Queen and found himself twice serenaded with verses of Happy Birthday at the Trident Business Park site.

Oxford Mail: King Charles lands at Aureus School in DidcotHe also found the time to surprise a Big Issue seller with a generous donation as the wet weather could not dampen his spirits. 

The head of state is the cover star of the latest Big Issue edition after penning a short message about food waste and those in need and he handed seller Kelvin, 61, £10 for the magazine costing £4 at the end of the event.

He wrote: “Food need is as real and urgent a problem as food waste – and if a way could be found to bridge the gap between them, then it would address two problems in one.

“It is my great hope that this Coronation Food Project will find practical ways to do just that – rescuing more surplus food, and distributing it to those who need it most.”

Kelvin, who has been homeless for periods of his life since a teenager, was joined by Big Issue founder Lord Bird for the occasion.

Oxford Mail: King Charles III, to mark his 75th birthday, at the launch of The Coronation Food Project, which“He gave me cash, that does prove something – he does carry money," said Kelvin, whose surname has not been disclosed. 

The 61-year-old, whose pitch is outside Somerset House in central London, added: “He asked if I was in accommodation and about selling the Big Issue. I said it’s got me through the bad times and it has a positive social message.”

He said about the Coronation Food Project: “I think it goes to show he cares, he’s reaching out to the general public.”

Oxford Mail: A message is displayed on the Piccadilly Lights in London, to mark the 75th birthday of King

The Cow Shed burger eatery which is also based at the Trident Business Park tried to entice the King to try a free burger on his birthday.

A handmade sign was created which stated "free burger if it's your birthday" with an arrow pointing towards The Cow Shed trailer. 

Elsewhere in the capital, London’s Piccadilly Lights were lit up with a birthday message for Charles and the tourist attraction also displayed a quote from his Big Issue article.