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Many happy returns, Charles! Prince of Wales celebrates 73rd birthday

Many happy returns, Charles! Prince of Wales beams from his Highgrove garden in a new portrait released for his 73rd birthday – as royal prepares to join the Queen for Remembrance Day Service

  • Prince Charles’ 73rd birthday has been marked with new portrait of the royal 
  • Prince of Wales can be seen beaming while enjoying his Highgrove garden
  • Comes as royal prepares to spend the day attending Remembrance Day Service
  • Marks a return to appearances for the Queen, who has missed several events  

The Prince of Wales’ 73rd birthday has been marked with a new photograph showing him sitting on a bench at Highgrove.

The future king is pictured smiling at the camera against the backdrop of verdant gardens at his home in Gloucestershire in the photograph, which was taken in the summer. 

He is wearing a blue pinstripe suit, light blue tie and dotted pocket square. A purple flower adorns his lapel. 

Charles will spend his birthday attending the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph alongside the Queen, 95. 

The Prince of Wales’ 73rd birthday has been marked with a new photograph showing him sitting on a bench at Highgrove

Charles will lay a wreath on the top step of the Cenotaph on the Queen’s behalf as she watches from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.

Charles began placing one on his mother’s behalf in 2017, with the change seen as a subtle shift of head-of-state duties.

Buckingham Palace has said that the Queen will attend the annual wreath-laying service in Whitehall, which falls on November 14 this year, and honours Britain’s war dead.

It comes as the 95-year-old monarch has missed several other events after being ordered to rest by royal doctors just over three weeks ago. She spent a night in hospital on October 20 undergoing preliminary tests.

Charles will lay a wreath on the top step of the Cenotaph on the Queen’s behalf as she watches from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building

Last night, Charles and his wife Camilla lead members of the Royal Family at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London – but the Queen did not attend.

Other royals attending were Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

On Thursday, Charles reassured a bystander about the Queen’s health as he met people in Brixton.

Charles was greeted by crowds after an engagement for the Prince’s Trust in south London.

The Prince shook hands with well-wishers as he departs after meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs earlier this week

TUESDAY — The Queen is photographed leaving Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate to return to Windsor by helicopter 

One man asked him: ‘Prince Charles. How is your mother?’

Charles gave him an encouraging pat on the arm, and appeared to say: ‘She’s all right, thank you.’

The royal received an early birthday cake as he welcomed organisations that have been recognised by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to a reception at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

Jo Taylor, owner of Reach and Rescue, a company making telescopic rescue poles for emergency personnel, gave him the cake.

OCTOBER 29 — The Queen in a a Cop26 video message recorded on October 29 and played in Glasgow on November 1

Ms Taylor, whose company was recognised in the innovation category, said: ‘The prince laughed and said, ‘You’ve been doing your research on me’, and he slipped the card into his left pocket.’

Charles recently attended the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, where he told world leaders that ‘we need to put our words and commitments into practice’.

Among the long-time environmentalist’s own efforts to reduce his carbon footprint is eating less meat and dairy products and converting his Aston Martin to run on cheese and wine byproducts.  

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