Britain's Prince Charles has celebrated his 70th birthday by participating in public and private parties when Parliament sang his praise and his office released new photographs of the heir to the throne with his close family.
The Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth's oldest son, Charles, was born in Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948, four years before his now 92-year-old mother rose to the throne after her father's death to George VI.
He added a participating theater festival of 70 inspiring people who also became 70 this year on Wednesday before the latter went to a private function at Buckingham Palace for friends and families who hosted the Queen.
As Britain's heir, apparently, Charles has waited longer than any of his predecessors to become a monarch and would be the oldest ever king of a family dating 1000 years.
Prime Minister Theresa can pay tribute to Charles in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Throughout the prince of Wales life, his commitment to public service has been total," she said.
"The more you look at your life, the more you see a man who has spent 70 years defies expectations and refuses to categorize."
Charles has used his unique position to address issues such as climate change, architecture and agriculture, often challenging orthodox views.
"You have to do what you think is right – there is nothing laid down that makes it so interesting, challenging and of course complicated," he said in a BBC documentary fleeed last week.
His supporters say that the prince has often raised prescient worries, referring to how he began to fight over overuse of plastic in the 1970s, long before it became a common issue. But critics accuse him of being unfit because British monarchs are bound by Britain's unwritten constitution to stay out of politics.
In last week's documentary, Charles said he would stop "intruding" in campaigns he felt strongly about.
"I'm not so stupid," he said.
"I realize it's a separate exercise that's superb."
The idea of a new king who has risen in the throne at a time when most men have retired has led to conversations in the past for his older son, Prince William, to succeed in drinking the queen instead.
"The crossing of an elder King Charles promises to be a clear retrospective event, with none of the Queen's New Year's Eve in 1953," wrote the left-handed Guardian newspaper in an editorial on Wednesday.
"The royal baton, but not the crown, has already skipped a generation."
The new photos show Charles in his home in London Clarence House together with his second wife Camilla, sons William and Harry, their wife Kate and Meghan together with William and Kate's children, George, Charlotte, and Louis.
Charles's office also released 70 facts about the prince to mark the occasion, which contained the details that he has a frog named after him – Prince Charles Magnificent Tree Frog – and that at tree-planting ceremonies he gives a branch a friendly shake to wish them good.