Today marks the 70th Birthday of Prince Charles, known officially as the Prince of Wales. As the firstborn son of the Queen, Prince Charles is also set to be our next monarch as the first heir to the throne and the first in a long line of future kings' of England. Prince Charles is also father to Prince William and Prince Harry.

In honour of the Prince of Wales, Buckingham Palace has released a list of "70 facts about HRH The Prince of Wales." The list has been split into five categories that include; Early life and Family, Military, Charities, Interests and Official duties.

According to The Guardian, Prince Charles also enjoys; "Flint-knapping, hedge-laying and cheese-making."

70th birthday celebrations

The Prince himself has also been a guest editor for Country Life Magazine special to celebrate his birthday, where he described becoming a septuagenarian as an "Alarming realisation that I have reached the biblical threshold of three score years and ten." Prince Charles also described his love of Red Squirrels, and how he often lets them run around his home, Clarence House.

The Queen will be hosting a birthday banquet, at Buckingham Palace for her eldest son, an event that will be attended by his family, close friends as well as European Royalty. The Queen will give a speech at the birthday celebration in honour of her eldest son and his 70th year.

The Prince of Wales will also be attending a tea party where he will meet with others who are in their seventieth year.

Among his many military titles and achievements, the Prince is also affiliated to eighteen military regiments. In honour of his military affiliation, the Welsh Guards Band played Happy Birthday on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, and at midday, the Kings Troop RHA gave the Prince of Wales a 41 gun salute.

Heir to the throne

While awaiting his time to become King, the heir to the throne has been involved in charity work and is a representative of more than 420 charities. One of which includes his own charity The Prince's Trust, which was founded in 1976 when Prince Charles was just 28. The aim of the Trust is to help vulnerable young people aged 11-30, with a range of programmes to accommodate any needs they may have.

The Prince has also visited over 100 countries throughout his royal duties, and it has been reported that along with his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, have participated in more than 600 visits since 2017. Prince Charles has also passed his charitable ways down to his sons, who have followed their father's lead in many ways when it comes to royal duties.