London (dpa) – Britain’s Prince Charles, the first in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II, turned 70 on Wednesday but he was not expected to join any public celebrations of the milestone.
The 92-year-old queen has already handed over some duties to her eldest son, who laid a wreath on her behalf at Sunday’s ceremony marking the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I.
Royal sources said Wednesday would be a “normal working day” for Charles, who has already attended several events marking his birthday, including a summer garden party at Buckingham Palace, the queen’s main London residence.
The royal family is expected to mark the occasion with a private party on Wednesday
In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Charles promised to tone down his public comments on environmental and other issues if he succeeds his mother as Britain’s monarch.
He dismissed as “nonsense” fears that he could continue to intervene in issues he cares about if he becomes king.
Asked about concerns that he had been “meddling” by speaking out over several decades on issues such as the environment, urban development and wildlife protection, Charles said he had tried to be “non-party political” and would accept the “constitutional parameters” of a monarch.
“But the idea, somehow, that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed [the queen], is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different,” he said.
New family photograph
The royal family released a new photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has been released to celebrate His Royal Highness’ 70th birthday.
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Author: ANA Newswire