Friday, November 14, 2008

Prince Charles celebrated the 60th birthday

Royals from around the globe gathered at Buckingham Palace to mark the 60th birthday of Britain’s Prince Charles. Queen Elizabeth II hosted a concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra and a dinner for her eldest son, who turned sixty on Friday.

Charles' sons William and Harry addressed the 450 guests, describing Charles as an inspiration - but also poked fun at their aging father, joking that an electric stair lift would be installed at his country home in Gloucestershire, to mark his birthday. Charles' wife Camilla is throwing a more private bash on Saturday at the prince's rural estate, complete with a performance by sexagenarian rocker Rod Stewart.

Since it was a private function, no guest list was provided. But royaltywatchers and photographers at the rainy gates of the palace spotted most of Charles’ royal colleagues in the stream of cars arriving at Buckingham Palace.

Some of the guest were:

• Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
• Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
• Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
• Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
• Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia
• Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain
• Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Other royal guests included:

• King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain
• King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes.
• Queen Sonja of Norway
• King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

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