Royals Party Like It's 1899

Prince Charles will have two lavish 60th birthday bashes
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Sep 29, 2008 12:55 PM CDT
Prince Charles visits Morpeth Fire Station, Morpeth, England, after a weekend of storms and flooding struck large areas of Wales and western and northern England.    (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, WPA Pool)
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(Newser) – Seemingly impervious—or oblivious—to the international economic meltdown, the royal family will throw not one but two lavish celebrations for Prince Charles’ 60th birthday in November, the Daily Mail reports. The Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for 170 guests, and Charles' wife, Camilla, will host a five-course dinner for 75.

“It is surprising,” a critic said. “Given that earlier this year the Queen said she would rein in royal spending due to the credit crunch hitting her subjects, the decision to have two lavish parties is questionable.”