It was a day of celebration at the Buckingham Palace on Wednesday when Prince Charles celebrated his seventh decade on planet earth.
Prince Charles celebrated the day with his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry and three grandchildren, with one more grandchild on the way.
Queen Elizabeth II also hosted a banquet which friends, family and European royals are expected to attend.
There was gun salutes in London and lawmakers will voice their congratulations for the king-in-waiting in parliament.
He has battled a string of public relations headaches and accusations of being cold towards his first wife Diana as well as of interfering in political affairs.
Charles sees himself as a “dissident” working against the prevailing political consensus, according to his former spin doctor Mark Bolland.
The prince has been plagued by low self-esteem but has felt driven to do the right thing, Bolland said.
“The trouble is, there isn’t a job description so you have to rather make it up as you go along,” he said.
Charles has been outspoken on issues close to his heart, notably architecture, the environment, farming, faith and alternative medicine.
Source : AFP