Red-faced Prince Charles called out ‘extremely embarrassing’ birthday tradition

PRINCE CHARLES acknowledged the most "embarrassing" element of his elaborate royal birthdays when he hit a particularly key milestone, according to reports.

PUBLISHED: 15:16, Thu, Nov 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:16, Thu, Nov 12, 2020

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Charles will be celebrating his 72nd birthday this weekend, although it is expected to be a lowkey occasion due to lockdown measures. His 70th birthday was a drawn-out occasion and included garden parties and photographs of his immediate family, which delighted royal fans at the time, back in 2018.However, at another landmark birthday, Charles revealed that he actually finds elements of these big events quite embarrassing.

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When he turned 40, there was a huge birthday party organised for him with many young people assisted by the Prince’s Trust invited.

Journalist Sheila Rule commented at the time: “Looking like a political candidate as he inched his way through the crowd, stopping often to chat or shake hands, Prince Charles characterised the celebration as 'one of those extremely enjoyable but incredibly embarrassing situations'.”

Writing in The New York Times in 1988, the journalist also noted: “The day’s event suggested he is not a frustrated, jobless King-in-waiting.”

Instead he was using the occasion to “define himself as an active prince”.

Prince CharlesPrince Charles will be turning 72 at the weekend (Image: Getty)

Charles cutting his birthday cake for his 40th birthday back in 1988Charles cutting his birthday cake for his 40th birthday back in 1988 (Image: PA)

Charles has gone on to become the oldest living heir to the British throne in history, although he is unfazed by this, as is evident by his long string of events to celebrate his 70th.Just as he used his 40th to reconnect with the public, he did so again for this landmark year and to remind his supporters that he remains an engaged heir.

The Guardian’s Caroline Davies claimed in 2018: “Those around Charles detect no sign of any ‘at last’ sentiment.

“It is not that he does, or does not, aspire to be King. Charles sees the role of sovereign as something one is, not something one does.

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Charles and Diana greeting the public during Charles' 40thCharles and Diana

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