The Prince of Wales is said to be celebrating his 72nd birthday privately today. But the Royal Family still marked the special occasion with a picture of Charles as a baby, which was accompanied by a caption that said: “Wishing The Prince of Wales a very happy birthday today!” The day will be marked slightly differently due to the current lockdown in England.
Gun salutes would usually be fired in celebration of Charles’ birthday from Green Park, the Tower of London, as well as other locations around the country.
But a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said this will not take place this year.
She said: “We can confirm that, following consultation with key stakeholders, ceremonial gunfire from all saluting stations continues to be temporarily suspended due to national Covid-19 restrictions.
“As such, the Gun Salute due to take place on Saturday 14 November for the birthday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will now not take place.
Prince Charles has been wished a Happy Birthday by the Royal Family today
“Future such events will continue to be regularly reviewed in conjunction with current Government Covid related guidance”.
Charles’ last public appearance was on Remembrance Sunday a week ago.
He laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in honour of the country’s war dead on behalf of the Queen.
He has had an eventful year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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He was forced to change his public engagements during the first national lockdown earlier this year, by holding them online on video calls and posting messages of support on social media.
Charles also contracted coronavirus March, but admitted he “got away with it quite lightly” with mild symptoms.
He said: “I was lucky in my case… but I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.”
It was later revealed his eldest son Prince William also had the virus in April.
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Charles was also dealt another blow with the surprising announcement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Janauary that they were stepping down from official royal duties and moving to America.
They have not publicly wished Charles a happy birthday today, but this is most likely because they are not using social media at the moment.
Charles is eldest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and was given the full name Charles Philip Arthur George.
He was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14 1948, weighing 7lb 6oz.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also posted a picture of a beaming Charles on his birthday
Charles became heir apparent at the age of three, following the death of his grandfather King George VI.
This was due to his mother succeeding the throne on February 6, 1952.
Then at the age of nine, he was created Prince of Wales on July 26 1958.
Charles, who is patron of more than 400 organisations, is the oldest heir to the throne for more than 300 years.