Taking centre stage as your loved ones sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to you on your big day is something almost everyone will have been through – and Prince Charles ensured his wife Camilla didn’t miss out as she turned 72 on Wednesday.
The Duchess of Cornwall proved she’s as besotted as ever as she shared a very loving display with her husband at the National Parks ‘Big Picnic’ celebration during their royal visit to Devon and Cornwall in the UK this week.
Standing beside Charles, the duchess flashed a beaming smile as he led the crowd in singing to her, before holding his arm round her and pulling her in for a hug.
The pair were then pictured cutting the cake hand in hand, no doubt in a reenactment of their wedding day in 2005.
Charles appeared to give his wife a short speech as they spoke to their hosts and she was pictured smiling and laughing with him throughout.
Wearing a flowing white below-the-knee skirt, Camilla looked effortlessly elegant and summery for her big day as she coupled it with a beige jacket and orange heels, while wearing her hair loose and wavy.
Meanwhile Charles dressed in a signature grey suit to celebrate with his wife, and he looked in great spirits as he smiled throughout the party.
Held in Exmoor National Park, the picnic marks 70 years since they were created by the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act.
Earlier in the day, Camilla relaxed on a royal visit to the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, where she looked in her element as she led donkeys, horses and sheep before petting each of them and chatting with royal supporters watching on.
According to Clarence House’s official Instagram page, “The Donkey Sanctuary charity runs 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to over 6,000 donkeys and mules”.
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The Duchess of Cornwall today visited @donkeysanctuarysidmouth to celebrate the 50th anniversary of @donkeysanctuary. The charity runs 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to over 6,000 donkeys and mules. The visit coincided with Her Royal Highness’s birthday, and as a present The Duchess was invited to name the sanctuary’s new foal! HRH decided on the name Sweetpea, and will receive updates on the little donkey’s progress as she grows up. Swipe through the album for photos of Sweetpea ⬅️ 📸 PA
The royals added in a statement on the social media site: “The visit coincided with Her Royal Highness’s birthday, and as a present The Duchess was invited to name the sanctuary’s new foal! HRH decided on the name Sweetpea, and will receive updates on the little donkey’s progress as she grows up.”
Camilla is currently undertaking a three-day tour of the Devon and Cornwall region alongside the Prince of Wales.