Charles’ Choice

Cotswold Life - - PRINCE CHARLES’S 70TH BIRTHDAY -

When you’re heir ap­par­ent to the reign­ing sov­er­eign, what could you pos­si­bly want on your 70th Birth­day wish list? We searched around for op­tions for the per­fect gifts, and came up with the fol­low­ing…

Mod­ern Ar­chi­tec­ture Tour

There’s no get­ting away from the fact that Lon­don has its share of ‘mon­strous car­bun­cles’, but we thought you might en­joy tak­ing in this tour of the cap­i­tal’s ar­chi­tec­tural won­ders, in­clud­ing its soar­ing sky­scrapers and fu­tur­ist ‘wob­bly’ foot­bridge. It may con­firm your worst fears, but we think it’s worth a punt. in­sider-lon­don.co.uk

Six­pence Cuff­links

It’s al­ways com­fort­ing to have some­thing to fid­dle with when car­ry­ing out of­fi­cial du­ties, and these rhodium-plated six­pence cuff­links – com­plete with Mummy’s im­age – will bring you added luck. as­pinaloflon­don.com

The Se­cret Life of Plants, by Peter Tomp­kins and Christo­pher Bird

Your veg­etable patch is all ears and wait­ing for your ut­ter­ances. This book, orig­i­nally pub­lished in the 1970s, has been pooh-poohed by some but it truly of­fers an in­sight into the sen­tient life of plants and their abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with man. You prob­a­bly al­ready have this, Charles, but you can never have too many copies. Avail­able to or­der from Cotswold book­sellers.

Per­son­alised Sewing Kit

In to­day’s dis­pos­able so­ci­ety, we want to ap­plaud your make-do-and-mend at­ti­tude, Charles. We too be­lieve that, if you in­vest in qual­ity, time­less pieces, then, with a lit­tle care and up­keep, they truly can last a life­time. This per­son­alised sil­ver-plated sewing kit can be eas­ily popped in a blazer pocket to deal with lost but­tons and fray­ing cuffs in a jiffy. busi­ness-gifts-ex­press.co.uk

Stor­age case for home­o­pathic reme­dies

You’ll be ready for any lit­tle emer­gency life may throw at you with this stylish linen case, able to hold up to 208 home­o­pathic reme­dies. It has a pro­tec­tive shield against elec­tro­mag­netic waves, of course, and comes in a range of colours. £103.37 from etsy.com

World’s Best Grandad Sign

We know those lit­tle tin­kers give you the runaround, but you love noth­ing more than chas­ing them round the gar­den. We’re pretty sure they’ll be get­ting round to buy­ing you one of these in the near fu­ture, but in the mean­time, here’s one from us. www.get­ting­per­sonal.co.uk

Burn­ley FC Mug

As a big sup­porter of the Lan­cashire team, we wanted to get you some­thing to en­joy your morn­ing Earl Grey in. Come on, The Clarets! ebay.co.uk

Phytl Signs Ex­plorer

While you’re read­ing your book on the Se­cret Life of Plants (aloud, of course), plug your cheese plant into this piece of Swiss-de­signed tech and lis­ten to its lit­er­ary feed­back. www.phytl­signs.com

The High­grove Flo­ri­legium

At £12,950, we had a bit of a whip-round to get you this, but it is rather spe­cial. We fig­ured that, while you’re on your trav­els, it would be good for you to have a re­minder of the glo­ri­ous gar­dens at High­grove… and these wa­ter­colours are the next best thing to sit­ting with the sun on your face in your spe­cial bower in Glouces­ter­shire. Happy Birth­day, Sir.

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