Today we’re celebrating the 72nd birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, born on the 14th November 1948 at Buckingham Palace.
The Prince of Wales will no doubt be spending the day preparing for his trip to Berlin, Germany on Sunday the 15th November, at the request of The British Government. His Royal Highness, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend The Central Remembrance Ceremony in Berlin to commemorate the annual National Day of Mourning.
To celebrate His Royal Highness’s special day, we’re sharing some fun facts you may not know about the heir to the throne…
– After each of the tree planting ceremonies The Prince of Wales attends, His Royal Highness gives a branch of the tree a friendly shake to wish them well.
– Contrary to popular belief, Prince Charles purchased his Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Volante in November 1970 himself. It was not in fact a 21st birthday present from Her Majesty The Queen. In 2008 the Aston Martin was converted to run on E85 bioethanol made from by-products of the wine and cheese industries.
– The Prince of Wales, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Paapa Essiedu, Tim Minchin, Dame Harriet Walter, David Tennant and Rory Kinnear, marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by appearing in ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ (see below).
– In 1975, after passing his audition with a “cup and balls” trick, Prince Charles became a member of the Magic Circle, a society of stage magicians founded in London in 1905.
– The Prince has made cameo appearances in popular comic The Beano, soapie Coronation Street in 2000 and presented the BBC Scotland weather forecast in 2012 (see below).
– The Prince undertook his first official Royal duty in June 1965, attending a student garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
– Prince Charles was given the title, “Keeper of the Cows”, by the Masai in Tanzania in 2011 to recognise his work as a farmer.
– The Prince of Wales learned to ice skate at the Richmond Ice Rink, receiving a Certificate of Merit in March 1962.