The heir to the throne of Britain kicked off his birthday on Friday with a visit to a project from his charity, the Prince’s Trust.
Set up by the Prince more than 30 years ago, it has since helped more than half a million young people.
Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth, is 82. The oldest reigning monarch in British history, she is still in good health, making Charles one of the longest serving heirs to the throne.
While he has not always been the people’s preferred choice, it appears Charles has enjoyed a popularity boost in recent years.
Since marrying his second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, he seems to be back in favour.
A long-time friend of the Prince of Wales, journalist Jonathan Dimbleby, said:
“I think the country is beginning to see that because all the miseries of the past are fading, things have moved on, and I think the country is saying, we are very lucky to have the Prince of Wales, he’s a very remarkable individual.”
While he has always enjoyed the privileges of his position and been described by some as an eccentric environmentalist who talks to his plants, Prince Charles has made a name for himself by transcending the traditionally weak role of Prince of Wales.
A long-standing champion of organic food, people-friendly architecture and inter-faith dialogue, he has gained a certain popularity – although some say he will never be as popular as the Queen, who commands wide respect throughout Britain.