The Somerset Guardian, 21st November 2018

“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.”

These were the words spoken by the Queen in a toast at a recent party to celebrate the Prince of Wales’ seventieth birthday party attended by members of the British Royal Family as well as Royals from Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Spain.

The Prince had previously enjoyed a tea party with seventy septuagenarians who volunteer for various charities that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are closely linked to.

The Prince of Wales’ dedication to public life is admirable.  He is a patron of hundreds of charities and a great ambassador for conservation and the arts. In the face of intense media scrutiny and tragedy he has continued, steadily, to honour his commitments to the public and to the Royal Household.

I am sure that the Queen was delighted to have been able to offer such a warm toast to her son on his seventieth birthday as the Queen Mother had done previously with her own daughter. As time goes on, the Queen’s delegation of duties will continue to fall to Prince Charles who, after so long in this role is more than experienced to carry them out and to quote Her Majesty, really is a “duchy original.”

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