Prince Charles's 70th birthday celebration will begin with a private party at Buckingham Palace


With a busy schedule, meeting foreign leaders and community workers, it is business as usual for Prince Charles today when he celebrates his 70th birthday.

But the Queen will tonight hold a luxurious Buckingham Palace party for her milestone – because her son is not only the heir to the longest throne in British history but also the oldest.

He has invited nobles from all over Europe and close family and friends to a black feast to celebrate several celebration days.

But before the royal extravaganza tonight, Prince Wales has a full day of involvement.

This morning, he was at his London residence, Clarence House, to meet the former president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, who hosted when he visited the country in 2016.

New family photos released to mark the birthday of the future king (Clarence House via Getty Images)

After lunch he met Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel, who showed his state and regarded him as a world diplomatic stage.

Later this afternoon he attended a tea-time reception where he and the Duchess of Cornwall met 70 people aged 70 who were nominated for their jobs in the local community.

The day was typical of hard-working princes, who often spent 14 hours a day and slept on their desks, as Prince Harry told BBC documentaries.

Prince Charles is 70 years old on Wednesday (PA)

Prince Philip has never been seen in a public engagement since Princess Eugenie's wedding last month – missing out on the Sunday Memorial service – but a 97-year-old child will try his best to celebrate his son's special birthday at tonight's party.

Charles had good relations with many European nobles, including King Harald and Queen Sonja from Norway. They are likely to be present, and Crown Prince Haakon and his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit have accepted the invitation.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde from Belgium will also be there.

Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary confirmed their presence in a post on the Danish royal website. The couple had success with Prince William and Kate, and Frederik also attended Harry Invictus Games in Sydney last month.

Representing the Netherlands is Princess Beatrix, the former Dutch queen who abdicated in 2013. It is not known whether her son Raja Willem-Alexander and the wife of Queen Maxima, who made a state visit to England last month, will be there.

The British nobles present included William and Kate, Harry and Meghan, Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Princess Anne and husband Timothy Laurence, and Duke of York and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.

There will also be representatives from some of the 420 charities in which Charles is the protector or president.


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