Camilla told to ’embrace fear’ and ‘get on with it’ to celebrate Prince Charles birthday

Prince Charles and Prince William lay wreaths at Cenotaph

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Charles, who is the oldest and longest-serving Prince of Wales, celebrates his 73rd birthday today. Charles was nevertheless on royal duty today to commemorate the Commonwealth’s war dead at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. The Prince of Wales laid a wreath on the top step of the memorial, on behalf of his mother, the Queen, who was forced to pull out from attending the service due to a sprained back.

This year, Clarence House marked Charles’ 73rd birthday with a new portrait of the prince, sitting on a bench at Highgrove. 

The photograph shows the heir-apparent smiling at the camera while dressed in a blue pinstripe suit.

Two years ago however Charles was undertaking royal engagements in New Zealand and India, and it was presumed that he would be away from his wife Camilla on his birthday. 

Yet the Duchess of Cornwall overcame a fear of flying to travel to India and spend time with Charles at a holistic health retreat.

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Camilla had previously admitted that flying was one of her greatest phobias, and said in a 2018 ITV interview it was the reason why she did not always join her husband on royal visits abroad.

Speaking of Camilla’s nervousness to travel to Australia in 2018, a Clarence House spokesperson said: “She decided a few weeks ago to firm up her plans. 

“We were always looking at the Duchess coming. 

“There are no health reasons. She is as fit as a flea. 

“The Duchess does not like flying but I think she sometimes has to embrace that fear and get on with it.”

Camilla overcame her fear of flying to meet her husband Charles at the health retreat.

The wellness centre offered yoga and a system of medicine known as ayurvedic, which is a type of homeopathic and naturopathic treatment.

The peaceful spa destination was located on a 30-acre organic farm.

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Although this year’s celebrations are unlikely to be as lavish, the Prince of Wales’ has received a number of birthday well-wishes.

The Royal Collection Trust issued a photograph of Charles as a child, dressed in shorts, chatting to his grandfather King George VI,  to mark the occasion.

In a tweet, the Royal Collection Trust said: “This touching photo captures the bond between King George VI and his 3-year-old grandson Prince Charles, who sit together on a sofa in Buckingham Palace, enjoying a conversation.”

Conservation charity Elephant Family also said it was “honoured” to have Charles as its royal president.

A statement from Elephant Family said: “Wishing his royal highness the Prince of Wales a very happy birthday!

“We are honoured to have you as our royal president and continue to be hugely grateful for the wonderful support you offer our work.”

Cystic Fibrosis Trust also shared a photo of the Prince of Wales and thanked him for his support.

Charles is spending his birthday at the Remembrance Sunday event in London, though he is not joined by his mother the Queen.

Buckingham Palace released a statement this morning that said the monarch was “disappointed” to be missing the event.

The ceremony was supposed to mark her first public appearance since she spent a night in the hospital last month.

Having been advised to rest by doctors, the monarch missed events including COP26 and a royal visit to Northern Ireland.

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