Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, is seven today. He has begun to take a great interest in farms and farm animals on the Royal estates.
He is expected to return from Windsor today and to celebrate his birthday with a party of his young friends at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
The heir-apparent to the throne, who spent the weekend at Windsor Castle with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne, thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the home farm in Windsor Great Park. He has shown keen interest in the crops, farm stock and agricultural machinery there and at Sandringham and Balmoral, where there is a herd of Highland cattle.
The young prince is getting on well with his lessons. He is most interested in history and geography. Geography has practical application for him as he learns about the countries and districts visited by the Queen and the Duke on their tours. He is now hearing about Nigeria where the Queen and the Duke will spend between a fortnight and three weeks early next year.
In arithmetic he is learning weights and measures and the coinage system.
Drawing is one of Prince Charles’s favourite indoor pastimes, and he is fond of painting with poster paints, and writing and illustration his own little stories.
Riding, gymnastic and dancing classes form part of his subjects outside the schoolroom. He is very fond of swimming, and during the summer he splashes about in the Palace swimming pool with the Duke of Edinburgh.