Prince Charles has always had a close relationship with his doting mother, the Queen - and on Wednesday (Nov. 14) she got the opportunity to show him just how much he means to her on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The monarch opened the doors of her home, Buckingham Palace, to throw her eldest son a glitzy party and made the sweetest toast surrounded by family and friends.
"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," she said, before beautifully paying tribute to her son's passion for nature. "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 went on, in her witty way, to praise her "passionate and creative" son, drawing comparisons to her own life. "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. 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."
Her Majesty surely brought down the house in her inimitable way, and we're betting there wasn't a dry eye after this touching address, including those of the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan were also among the attendees, as were Prince Charles' three siblings: Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and their children. Royals from across Europe, including Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, and King Juan Carlos of Spain, were also on hand to toast the future king alongside his mum, the Queen.