'He's a Duchy Original!' Buckingham Palace celebrates Prince Charles’ 70 birthday  

13:40 • 15.11.18



The Queen paid a warm tribute to her son as she toasted Prince Charles's 70th birthday at a star-studded event last night.


Speaking at a private family party at Buckingham Palace, the monarch spoke of what a “privilege” it was for her, as a mother, to honor him on such a momentous occasion, the Daily Mail reports.


It is understood that Charles was “deeply touched’ by his mother's words which, in a family not known for its public pronouncements of love and affection, was almost unprecedented. 


She described Charles as a “dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father”.


Significantly, she also gave his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, the highest seal of approval, referring to Camilla by name as the woman who “sustains” him.


And in a humorous aside she referred to her eldest son as a “duchy original” – a reference to the organic food line he set up in 1990.


Raising a glass at the black tie dinner, the Queen said: 'It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a
toast to her son on his 70th birthday.


“It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up. It is rather like —to use an analogy I am certain will find favour — planting a tree and being able to watch it grow.


“My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And she was heard to observe that 70 is exactly the age when the number of candles on your cake finally exceeds the amount of breath you have to blow them out.

  Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are pictured this evening leaving Clarence House as they headed to Buckingham Palace to celebrate his 70th birthday 

Charles and Camilla are pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace for his 70th birthday celebrations which are continuing into the night

 

Արքայազն Ուիլյամն ու Քեմբրիջի դքսուհին

 

The Duchess of Cambridge rides alongside her husband, Prince William, as they head to Buckingham Palace for the 70th birthday celebrations 

The Duchess of Cambridge is pictured arriving for the 70th birthday celebrations of her father-in-law, Prince Charles 

Prince William is pictured on the way to his father's 70th birthday celebrations as he travels alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge in London

 

Արքայազն Հարին կնոջ հետ

 

Prince Harry heads to his father's birthday celebrations alongside his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, this evening for Prince Charles' 70th 

Meghan was driven into the grounds of Buckingham Palace by her husband Prince Harry, who was on hand to celebrate the birthday of his father

Prince Philip - who retired from Royal duties last year - was one of a host of royals to turn out in celebration of Prince Charles's birthday 

Queen Rania of Jordan is pictured leaving the event, which saw a host of royal names come together at Buckingham Palace

 

Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark are pictured leaving Buckingham Palace in London following 70th birthday celebrations for Charles 

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway  leave the Prince of Wales's 70th party at Buckingham Palace last night, where the Queen paid a touching tribute to her son

 

Queen Mathilde rides alongside King Phillipe of Belgium after celebrations at Buckingham Palace to mark the prince's latest birthday last night 

 

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (pictured) leaves the Prince of Wales 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace 

 

Prince Nicholas and Princess Tatiana of Greece leave Buckingham Palace following last night's celebration of Prince Charles's 70th birthday 

 

Prince Michael of Kent rides alongside Princess Michael of Kent as they leave Kensington Palace to celebrate the birthday of Prince Charles 

Prince Charles arrives at Spencer House in London this afternoon with his wife Camilla to celebrate his 70th birthday

The Prince of Wales arrived at Spencer House with Camilla, carrying a glittering bag and 70th birthday balloon

 





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