A new photograph of Prince Charles sitting on a bench in Highgrove has been released to mark his 73rd birthday.
The future monarch is depicted smiling to the camera, surrounded by the gardens of his home in Gloucestershire.
He is wearing a blue pin-striped suit and light blue tie and has a spotted pink square in his pocket and a magenta flower adorning his lapel.
Clarence House says the photo was taken in the summer by Hugo Burnand, who has previously taken the prince’s birthday photos and also photographed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.
On his special day, the Prince of Wales will attend the annual Memorial day Worship at Cenotaphen.
The first year the prince placed a wreath in place of his mother was in 2017, when the move was seen as a sign that his role in relation to the head of state had changed.
Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that the Queen would be present at the annual wreath-laying ceremony in Whitehall, after several weeks of being asked to rest.
The 95-year-old monarch missed several other events on the advice of Royal doctors, after spending a night in the hospital on October 20, where she underwent initial examinations.
On Thursday, Charles spoke about the Queen’s health when he met people in Brixton in south London.
When a man asked him, “Prince Charles. How is your mother?” Charles seemed to say, “She’s okay, thank you.”
The royal received an early birthday cake at Windsor Castle on Wednesday when he met with representatives of organizations recognized by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
One of the attendees at the reception, Reach and Rescue owner Jo Taylor, said after giving him the cake and a birthday card: “The prince laughed and said, ‘You did your research on me,’ and he slipped away. in his left pocket. “
Charles recently participated in COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where he told world leaders to be on “war-like footing” and launch a “major military-style campaign” to mobilize business if they are to tackle the climate crisis.
It came in a week then Charles’ former valet, Michael Fawcett, resigned as CEO by one of Prince of Wales’ charities in the midst of an alleged cash-for-honors scandal.
It also came amid revelations in text messages that Charles’ son, Prince Harry was subjected to “constant insults” from members of the royal family over the strained relationship his wife Meghan had with her father.