Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know Prince Charles recently celebrated a milestone birthday.
To mark the Prince of Wales turning 70, a series of adorable family portraits were released by Clarence House and a new documentary about Charles aired on the BBC.
And, of course, no birthday is complete without a party and, as expected, all the stops were pulled out for His Royal Highness.
Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party a ‘nightmare’
Royals from across Europe arrived at Buckingham Palace last week, including Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
However, behind closed palace doors, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was apparently not happy Princess Mary was in attendance.
“She’s long been jealous of the Danish princess and of the friendship Mary has with Charles and she didn’t hold back on her thoughts during the night either,” an alleged palace source told New Idea.
The insider also claimed the whole evening was “an absolute nightmare – you could cut the tension with a knife”.
The Queen’s proud toast to Charles
Despite the “nightmare” claims, Her Majesty the Queen made an impassioned speech at the soiree to celebrate all of her eldest son’s achievements.
“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,” the Queen started.
“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,” she continued.
“Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader — a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father.
“Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative.
“So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original. To you Charles. To the Prince of Wales.”
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