Gun salutes to mark prince’s69thbirth­day

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The Prince of Wales is cel­e­brat­ing his 69th birth­day.

Charles, now in the last year of his 60s, is the coun­try’s long­est serv­ing heir to the throne. On Re­mem­brance Sun­day, the prince took on a sym­bolic duty on be­half of the Queen when he led the na­tion in hon­our­ing the coun­try’s war dead.

The king- in- wait­ing, dressed in mil­i­tary uni­form, placed a wreath of pop­pies at the Ceno­taph in White­hall as the monarch, ac­com­pa­nied by the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, watched from a bal­cony.

In a break with tra­di­tion, it was the first time El­iz­a­beth II, now 91 and the na­tion’s long­est reign­ing monarch, has not per­formed the sym­bolic duty when at the poignant ser­vice.

The prince is mark­ing his birth­day pri­vately.

Gun salutes will fire in Green Park and the Tower of London, and at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle in his hon­our. El­dest child of the Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh, Prince Charles Philip Arthur Ge­orge was born at Buck­ing­ham Palace on Novem­ber 14, 1948, weigh­ing 7lb 6oz. He be­came heir ap­par­ent on the death of his grand­fa­ther King Ge­orge VI, when his mother suc­ceeded to the throne on Fe­bru­ary 6, 1952 when he was just three years old.

He was cre­ated Prince of Wales on July 26, 1958 when he was nine. Charles, who is pa­tron of more than 400 or­gan­i­sa­tions, is the old­est heir to the throne for more than 300 years.

The old­est was Sophia of Hanover who died aged 83 in 1714. Charles has over­taken Wil­liam IV who be­came monarch in June 1830, aged 64 years, 10 months and five days.

Charles also passed the record for long­est serv­ing heir to the throne set by his great-great grand­fa­ther Ed­ward VII.

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