Read Queen’s touching toast to ‘passionate and creative’ Prince Charles on his 70th birthday
Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip’s eldest son, Prince Charles was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948. On Wednesday, Charles was honored by his parents with a celebration at the Palace.
This year, the prince reached the milestone of 70-years. His mother gave a rare and touching toast to honor him at the event.
Prince Charles was only 4-years-old when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, now-92, ascended to the throne following the death of her father George VI. He’s grown by her side to be the man he is today.
On his birthday, the Queen gave a moving speech to honor him.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. At his party, she said:
"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."
She carried on saying:
"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. 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.”
The Queen continued to praise her son as she wrapped up her speech:
“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."
Charles’ special occasion was attended by his eldest son Prince William and his wife Duchess Kate. His younger son Prince Harry also made it with his wife Duchess Meghan.
For the event, Kate wore a one-shoulder ruffled pink gown. She styled her hair in an updo that showed off her glittering diamond drop earrings which were surrounded by a pear-shaped stone.
Meghan also styled her hair in a classic updo and she wore the diamond drop earrings that she’d previously worn in Fiji last month. In attendance were also Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and many other European Royals.
A new book called “Dinner at Buckingham Palace” which was written by former servant Charles Oliver shared a little insight into the Queen's personality. In it, Oliver recalled an incident when she discovered a dead slug on her plate.
The Queen wrote a note on a pad for the chef reading: "I found this in the salad–could you eat it?” Clearly, the monarch doesn’t mince her words.