Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday and his mother, Her Majesty the Queen couldn’t be more proud.
During a party in his honour at Buckingham Palace attended by royal family members from across Europe, the mother-of-four shared a touching speech to celebrate Prince Charles and all his 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.”
The pair has always had a strong mother-son bond and her gushing comments were enough to bring a tear to the eye.
During the celebration, Prince Charles was dressed dapperly in a black tie with the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla by his side in a glistening navy blue ball gown.
Ahead of his birthday, the Clarence House released two new images by photographer, Chris Jackson, showing a relaxed Charles in the garden with Prince George on his knee, while Camilla sat with Charlotte in front his sons and daughters-in-law.
Standing behind them, Prince William can be seen beaming, while his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds on tight to their precious six-month-old baby boy, Prince Louis.