On Monday, King Charles III is celebrating his 74th birthday, his first since assuming the throne in September. In celebration of the day, the bells of Westminster Abbey rang, the King was honored with a 21-gun salute and the Household Cavalry Band played Happy Birthday during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. The palace has also released a new photo of Charles posing next to an old oak tree near Windsor Castle and announced that Charles will be taking on the role of his father, Prince Philip, for most of his life.
From 1952 until his death in 2021, Philip served as park warden of Windsor Great Park, the estate on which the castle sits alongside a handful of other royal family residences. Now, 70 years later, Charles takes on the task of overseeing the conservation and management of the 5,000-acre expanse of the Crown Estate.
in an opinion, Paul Sedwick, The chief executive of Crown Estate and assistant ranger of Windsor Great Park said he was “honoured” that Charles would be taking on the traditional role on the estate, where the family has nearly 1,000 years of history. “Windsor has a wonderful heritage with many valuable natural habitats,” he said. “His Majesty’s passion and dedication to nature will be invaluable as we strive to become a center of excellence for environmental best practices and to preserve and enhance the Great Park for generations to come.”
While Philip was a park warden, he helped oversee a program that preserved a deer population and also helped install a new visitor center. Charles oversaw an organic farm run by the Duchy of Cornwall for decades. Now that Prince William Taking over his father’s former estate, the new role at Windsor will be an opportunity for Charles to continue the kind of environmental management he was interested in at his country home, Highgrove.
William and Kate Middleton took to their own social media accounts to wish the king a happy birthday and shared a photo of Charles taken during a tour of Yorkshire last week. The Royal Collections Trust account also wished him a happy birthday, alongside a photo of a young Charles in a pram kissing his sister’s hand, Princess Anne, 1951
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https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/11/king-charles-iii-74th-birthday-with-an-homage-to-prince-philip King Charles III celebrates his 74th birthday with a tribute to Prince Philip