Prince Charles, heir apparent to the British throne, celebrates his milestone 70th birthday today (Nov 14). The royal shared two adorable new family portraits on his official Instagram account:
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The Prince of Wales is pictured beaming as he’s surrounded by his wife, children, daughters-in-law and three grandchildren in the garden at Clarence House, where he resides. The prince’s life hasn’t always been smooth-sailing, as many people would know. From difficult schooling years to the tragic loss of his wife Diana, Charles’s public life has been plagued with plenty a scandal.
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Through the years, however, the royal has grown to become a well-spoken advocate for the environment, and is known for his charity work revolving around disadvantaged youths, environmental sustainability and more. He also won hearts earlier this year when he walked Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding to his second son, Prince Harry. Here are 10 lesser-known facts about the future King of England: