The one word in the Queen's birthday speech to Prince Charles that speaks volumes.

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The Queen has paid tribute to her “passionate and creative” son Prince Charles on his 70th birthday.

At a Buckingham Palace dinner, the 92-year-old monarch raised a toast to her son and heir in front of family, friends and plenty of other European royals.

“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,” the Queen said.

“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 referenced her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who also saw her turn 70.

“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.”

Her Majesty praised Charles’ championing of conservation and the arts and called him a “great charitable leader – a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history – and a wonderful father.”

And then, perhaps most significantly, she gave a mention to something – well, someone.


“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.”


Firstly, we’re sure lots of happy, royal tears were shed during this seriously lovely and sentimental moment from the Queen.

Camilla and Queen Elizabeth in matching pastels in 2017. Image: Getty.

Secondly, there have always been tabloid rumours that the Queen and Camilla had a strained relationship - but the Queen has shown her affection for the Duchess of Cornwall numerous times. She even chose Camilla to ride in her carriage during her 2012 Golden Jubilee.

Her sweet nod to his son's wife by calling her by name in this speech is the final proof that everything is fine and dandy between the pair - and that's got to be one fantastic birthday present for the Prince of Wales.