Prince Charles is getting ready to ring in his 70th birthday with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall , by his side. And as the loving couple embark on a tour of Africa, they’ve also been revealed as the stars of a new photoshoot for Vanity Fair with none other than Alexi Lubomirski, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s royal wedding photographer.
The article boasts numerous eye-catching photos of the two, who have been married since 2005, wandering through the lush grasses of Clarence House, smiling lovingly at one another in black and white and sitting in their extravagant garden room, featuring French tapestry presented to Queen Victoria by Emperor Napoleon III. “You feel like they are a young couple in love,” Alexi told the glossy of working with the pair on the milestone shoot, a sentiment that rings true in the stunning photographs. And the future king is lucky to have a solid partner by his side – while most have already begun to settle down at their age, Charles is still preparing for his biggest job to date when he eventually takes the throne.
Prince Charles explained: “Anyone of my age knows that days pass at a far greater speed than when they were young. But in my case, there are so many things that need to be done.” The father of Princes William and Harry has been known for his strong opinions, especially when it comes to his patronages, which include an array of interests from the environment to architecture to ending violence against women and children with ActionAid. Luckily for him, bypassing becoming king earlier in life has allowed him the freedom to put his heart into his charitable endeavours and passions for climate change awareness and wildlife conservation.
The public loves Charles and Camilla and everywhere they go, the article states, the two are welcomed as if they were already on the throne. In France, the prince stopped to try a piece of local sausage, confidently speaking French to the butcher who called him over: “Excellent! Incroyable,” he declares, calling over his “darling” wife, 71, to to have a taste. While in Nice, Prince Charles opened up about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s then-upcoming wedding, saying: “Obviously … it’s going to be marvellous. I’m sure it will be a special day for everyone.”
And just like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ’s stunning wedding photos – which were taken at Frogmore House at Windsor Castle – these portraits of the future king with his life partner exemplify just how much love is between them. Camilla’s nephew Ben Elliot said it best: “They are both clearly great on their own. But two and two makes five in a big way here.”