THE QUEEN has given a touching toast at Prince Charles’s 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace, with the monarch describing the moment as a “privilege for any mother” in the very personal speech.
In the Queen’s heartfelt tribute, the 92-year-old described her son as “passionate” and “creative”.
The monarch praised Charles’s conservation and charity work, saying that the future king was a “dedicated and respected” heir to the throne and a “wonderful father”.
Speaking at the black-tie dinner in her son’s honour, the Queen said: "It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday.
“It is rather like - to use an analogy I am certain will find favour - planting a tree and being able to watch it grow.
"My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And 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.
"Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader - a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history - and a wonderful father.
"Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative.”
The Queen wished her son a happy birthday, adding that he was a “duchy original”.
The monarch said: "So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original.