As Prince Charlesgears up to ring in his 70thbirthday in style (and with quite a roster of big names in attendance at his celebratory Buckingham Palace bash!), HELLO! UKhas unearthed the sweetest of videos of the Queenand her eldest child. The heartwarming clip shows the future king as a toddler, sitting together on a couch and giggling in delight as his mom tickled him.
Then known as Princess Elizabeth, before stepping into her role as monarch, the short clips were released as a Clarence House Production. In one scene, Her Majesty and her firstborn play with toys together, and in another, Charles is all bundled up in a smart little double-breasted coat to brave the cool London weather. Royal watchers are always overjoyed to have a glimpse into the early years of the Royal Family, before the Queen ascended the throne. Now, almost 70 years later, the prince is gearing up to become king.
A snapshot of Prince Charles playing with Prince George, his grandson and second-in-line to the throne, was also released, along with many more of the family’s personal photographs being shared through a new online project. Fans of the British royals will be able to see these keepsakes inside the prince’s home in London via Google’s Arts and Culture platform, launching Wednesday – the day Prince Charles turns 70 years old.
To celebrate the Prince of Wales’ life, Clarence House also released two brand new portraits on Nov. 13 of Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, along with the Cambridge family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The informal portraits offer a glimpse into their royal lives – one is beautifully posed, while the other captures the group in a sweet moment of laughter, showing off Charles and Camilla’s close bonds with their grandchildren, Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
In the same vein, a BBC documentary called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 marked the milestone, too, and the prince opened up about his next royal role: "I think it's vital to remember there's only room for one sovereign at a time, not two. So, you can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir."