Britain's Prince Charles is turning 70 with a family birthday party, and a firm commitment to his environmentalist views. Charles is due to have tea on Wednesday with a group of people who are also turning 70 this year, before a Buckingham Palace party thrown by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, reports the AP. There's nothing like a birthday to get one thinking of the future: The environmentalist prince writes in the latest edition of Country Life magazine, urging people not to take the natural world for granted but to "think ahead to what our grandchildren will want and need."
Speaking of grandchildren, the prince's Clarence House office released two family portraits to mark his birthday. The photos by Chris Jackson show Charles with sons Prince William and Prince Harry, their wives Kate and Meghan, and William and Kate's three kids: 6-year-old Prince George, 3-year-old Princess Charlotte and 6-month-old Prince Louis. One photo serves as an elegant family portrait, the other an apparent outtake in which Meghan Markle appears doubled over with laughter, while Prince George also looks to be laughing. (Charles plans to shut up about the environment eventually.)