Sir, we salute you

Phi­lan­thropist, eco-war­rior, au­thor, artist, gar­dener, fa­ther –and heir to the throne of Great Bri­tain. In his many, many roles, the Prince of Wales has touched the lives of our whole na­tion. Here, those who know him best pay trib­ute

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Camilla, Duchess of Corn­wall

He’s in­cred­i­bly kind. I don’t think peo­ple see his in­cred­i­ble kind­ness and the things he does be­hind the scenes. Peo­ple who worked for him years ago will write to him and if they’ve fallen on hard times he’ll do ev­ery­thing he can to help them. Put them on to the right doc­tors. I don’t think peo­ple see that and it’s not some­thing he shouts about.

The other thing, which prob­a­bly doesn’t come over as well as it should, is that he has got a very good sense of hu­mour. He’s very funny. He’s also a very good mimic. He rather likes act­ing. He rather en­joys speeches, un­like some of us. He can mimic most peo­ple. He’s very good at any ac­cent. When he’s do­ing speeches any­where around the world, some­body will give him three lines [of the lo­cal lan­guage] and he comes out with the ac­cent.

And, of course, he’s won­der­ful with chil­dren. He doesn’t mind crawl­ing about on the floor for hours with them. We had a pic­ture the other day with Louis pulling on his hair, and he’s not one of those peo­ple who says ‘take your hand away’. He loves it. He’s ex­cep­tion­ally good with very small chil­dren and ba­bies. He loves to re­ally make them laugh. Get­ting them out in the gar­den and show­ing them things. My grand­chil­dren adore him and they can’t wait to see him. He knows ex­actly what they’re into.

He never gives up. He will just go on and on un­til he achieves what he wants. I wish he wouldn’t some­times! It’s very hard to get him to re­lax and drag him away from his let­ters and boxes. He gets com­pletely blink­ered, rather like the chil­dren watch­ing a favourite tele­vi­sion pro­gramme. You can’t drag him away.

I don’t think he thinks he’s 70, I think it’s just a num­ber to him. There’s no way that he will slow down. You must be jok­ing. I keep say­ing 70 is get­ting on a bit. It’s not very old but it is old. You have to slow down a bit.

Theresa May

Prime Min­is­ter

The 70th birth­day of the Prince of Wales gives us a chance to re­flect on the ex­em­plary ser­vice that he has given to the United King­dom and the Com­mon­wealth for his whole adult life.

As heir to the throne, he has been a tremen­dous sup­port to Her Majesty the Queen. The Prince’s Trust has helped hun­dreds of thou­sands of young peo­ple to achieve their dreams. Prince Charles’s com­mit­ment to our en­vi­ron­ment was ahead of his time. His con­tri­bu­tion to so many as­pects of our na­tional life – from ar­chi­tec­ture and the built en­vi­ron­ment, to the arts, cul­ture and the coun­try­side – has been out­stand­ing.

The an­cient motto of the Princes of Wales is ‘Ich Dien’ – I serve. We are for­tu­nate in­deed to have had the ben­e­fit of Prince Charles’s tire­less ser­vice over five decades. I wish His Royal High­ness a won­der­ful 70th birth­day and many happy re­turns of the day.

Justin Welby The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury

Over the course of his life so far, the Prince of Wales has worked with ex­tra­or­di­nary ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion to fur­ther many causes – from the en­vi­ron­ment and global sus­tain­abil­ity to ed­u­ca­tion and op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

I am hugely grate­ful to His Royal High­ness for his com­mit­ment to high­light­ing the plight of per­se­cuted Chris­tians around the world; his deep per­sonal faith al­lows him to be gen­er­ous, hos­pitable and coura­geous in de­fend­ing the rights of all peo­ple to peace­fully prac­tise their re­li­gion with­out fear.

On the oc­ca­sions I have had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing Prince Charles, I am al­ways struck by his warmth, his hu­mour, his in­tegrity and his hu­mil­ity. His great pas­sion for life, his ser­vice to us all and his ob­vi­ous love for his fam­ily make him a truly re­mark­able per­son.

David Cameron

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter

One of the priv­i­leges of my time as Prime Min­is­ter was work­ing with His Royal High­ness. Dur­ing all the en­gage­ments, events and meet­ings we shared, I saw up close his sheer ded­i­ca­tion to pub­lic ser­vice. In any spare mo­ment, the Prince is rarely with­out a pen in his hand and his pa­per­work in front of him. His work ethic is re­mark­able.

I saw as well his pas­sion – and his pre­science. Tack­ling cli­mate change. Pro­tect­ing wildlife. Cre­at­ing a built en­vi­ron­ment that helps com­mu­ni­ties thrive. Giv­ing young peo­ple the op­por­tu­ni­ties they de­serve. Th­ese are some of the big­gest chal­lenges of our times, and they’re the things Prince Charles has been cham­pi­oning for decades.

I also saw what a fun, kind and fam­ily-fo­cused cou­ple the Prince and

the Duchess of Corn­wall are. Sa­man­tha and I en­joyed spend­ing time with them im­mensely.

Ev­ery­thing Prince Charles does demon­strates his en­dur­ing com­mit­ment to our coun­try, Com­mon­wealth and planet. I will be join­ing peo­ple from across those realms on 14 Novem­ber to wish him a very happy 70th birth­day.

Tony Blair

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter

Prince Charles has been and re­mains a re­mark­able fig­ure in British pub­lic life. The in­no­va­tive and im­pact­ful work of The Prince’s Trust, his long-stand­ing in­ter­est and fore­sight on the im­pact of cli­mate change on our en­vi­ron­ment and his ob­vi­ous warmth and re­spect for the peo­ple of the Com­mon­wealth re­flect a man of in­cred­i­ble en­ergy and pas­sion.

I had many dis­cus­sions and quite reg­u­lar cor­re­spon­dence with the Prince when I was prime min­is­ter. I al­ways found th­ese ex­changes im­mensely help­ful and his con­tri­bu­tions both thought­ful and con­struc­tive. I men­tion this only as a mi­cro­cosm of the vast con­tri­bu­tion he makes to our coun­try – in many cases, be­hind the scenes. I there­fore join with the countless peo­ple to­day who will be con­grat­u­lat­ing Prince Charles on his 70th birth­day this week.

In­dia Hicks

Prince Charles’ s god­daugh­ter

Ev­ery birth­day, ev­ery Christ­mas, a card and present would ar­rive from my god­fa­ther. To be­gin with they were signed from ‘your lov­ing God­fa­ther Charles’, then they be­came ‘your old God­fa­ther Charles’ and then ‘your an­cient God­fa­ther Charles’.

His Royal High­ness might be cel­e­brat­ing a 70th birth­day this year but, good­ness, he is far from an­cient. It takes a very fit mind, body and spirit to be en­gaged in so many char­i­ties and mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and to be an ac­tive pa­tron to hun­dreds of foun­da­tions where his pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion ef­fects such change.

I had the op­por­tu­nity to meet with a young woman who had been a vic­tim of the most in­tol­er­a­ble sex abuse, which led to men­tal health is­sues and sub­se­quently un­em­ploy­ment. The Prince’s Trust has be­come ex­pert in sup­port­ing those in par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions. This girl has now been given the skills she needs to live and learn and earn.

She is one of hun­dreds of thou­sands whose lives have been turned around be­cause of the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s per­sonal vi­sion when he founded the char­ity. I am lucky to have such a god­fa­ther, but we all are lucky to have such a prince among us.

Ed­ward En­nin­ful Ed­i­tor-in-chief, British Vogue

HRH the Prince of Wales through­out his life has shown im­mense ded­i­ca­tion to his coun­try and the many char­i­ties he sup­ports – a ded­i­ca­tion that has seen him stand at the fore­front of causes in­clud­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, crafts­man­ship and ed­u­ca­tion in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

I have been hon­oured to meet with HRH the Prince of Wales and dis­cuss the pos­i­tive ways in which the fash­ion in­dus­try can play a key role in cre­at­ing com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port th­ese ar­eas. His tire­less sup­port across British man­u­fac­tur­ing is an in­spi­ra­tion and shines a light on the im­mense ta­lent we have here in the UK. Ch­eryl Cole


It has been my hon­our to meet HRH Prince Charles on sev­eral oc­ca­sions over the years. I have par­tic­u­larly warm mem­o­ries of one of our ear­li­est meet­ings for tea at Clarence House in July 2012, when I of­fi­cially launched my char­ity in aid of his Trust. I to­tally for­got to ad­dress him of­fi­cially, just called him Charles. Some­one started cough­ing loudly be­hind me, which he just found very funny. He told me about Harry’s love for hip-hop at the time, which would ap­par­ently bang through the ceil­ing at home. I also seem to re­call him men­tion­ing my tat­toos.

Re­cently, we have met sev­eral times, both in the run-up to and since open­ing the Prince’s Trust Cen­tre that I helped fund in New­cas­tle. He is al­ways so charm­ing, funny and just a lit­tle bit cheeky. His work through The Prince’s Trust is so in­spir­ing – thou­sands of young peo­ple have had their lives turned around by their amaz­ing projects. With­out that char­ity I don’t know where those young peo­ple would be to­day. Happy birth­day, Charles! Dy­lan Jones

Ed­i­tor-in-chief , GQ

Not only has Prince Charles been a great sup­porter of British menswear, he helped launch Lon­don Fash­ion Week Men’s in 2012. We didn’t ex­pect him to in­vite 100 of the most im­por­tant peo­ple in our in­dus­try into his home, but that’s pre­cisely what he did, ask­ing the likes of Tom Ford, Paul Smith, Richard James and Tommy Hil­figer to Clarence House. More im­por­tantly, he has kept up his sup­port in the six years since, invit­ing menswear big­wigs up to Dum­fries House in Scot­land, sup­port­ing Wool Week and even get­ting in­volved this year in our GQ Men of the Year Awards, where we gave him a Life­time Achieve­ment Award for his phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours. When HRH starts some­thing, he sees it though, and in the course of my work with him I have met dozens, ac­tu­ally hun­dreds, of peo­ple whose lives have been en­riched by his help and sup­port. I’ve also seen the ef­fect he has on his staff, which has con­vinced me that our fu­ture King is a very good thing in­deed. Gre­gory Do­ran Artis­tic di­rec­tor,

Royal Shake­speare Com­pany

Prince Charles has been a great pres­i­dent of the RSC for 27 years. Ev­ery time he vis­its Strat­ford I am struck by how the com­pany be­comes charged with a par­tic­u­lar en­ergy. Host­ing him was rather nerve-rack­ing at first, un­til I re­alised that he was com­ing not just out of a sense of duty, but a gen­uine pas­sion for the­atre, and es­pe­cially Shake­speare.

On one oc­ca­sion I ac­tu­ally man­aged to get him on­stage. It was a spe­cial gala in 2016 for Shake­speare’s 400th an­niver­sary. Paapa Essiedu as Ham­let de­liv­ered the most fa­mous line in the canon: ‘To be or not to be, that is the ques­tion’, and was then chal­lenged as to how to stress the line by a dis­tin­guished list of Ham­lets – David Ten­nant, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Rory Kin­n­ear and Ian Mckellen. Ul­ti­mately, the ques­tion is set­tled by the ar­rival of Prince Charles, up­stag­ing ev­ery­one, and de­liv­er­ing a de­fin­i­tive stress on the last word. The Prince’s sense of fun and game de­ter­mi­na­tion to par­tic­i­pate was quickly trend­ing on Twit­ter. Sir Barry Gibb

Bee Gee

Happy birth­day, Your Royal High­ness, this is a big one! From here on, things will ap­pear a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. The sense of for­mal­ity will be­gin to collide with hav­ing fun. But then, I as­sume fun is al­ways some­thing you have in­clined to. I feel this when­ever we meet. From your love of The Goons and, of course, the fact that you’re al­ways smil­ing. I have a deep and abid­ing ad­mi­ra­tion for you and I hope you have the hap­pi­est day.

I am 72, but I al­ways pre­tend to be a year older than I am. This gives me an ex­tra year to em­brace it (psy­cho­log­i­cally, of course) – just a tip. As you’re prob­a­bly not aware of how many times we’ve ac­tu­ally met, I sug­gest the kitchen at The Savoy in search of food, the polo match at Wind­sor, The Prince’s Trust, of course, and the visit to Buck­ing­ham Palace with my brother Robin. Th­ese var­i­ous mo­ments I will re­mem­ber all my life. You have al­ways been very kind to me. I thank you for that. Once again, happy birth­day, Sir, and may you al­ways smile and al­ways search for fun.

Dame Martina Milburn Chief ex­ec­u­tive , The Prince’s Trust

When you see the Prince of Wales sit­ting, lis­ten­ing, em­pathis­ing and en­gag­ing with young peo­ple from some of the most chal­leng­ing back­grounds, you get a real sense of his true com­pas­sion, drive and strength of char­ac­ter. I’ve seen this first hand, in pris­ons, on hous­ing es­tates, in ru­ral and coastal com­mu­ni­ties and now in com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

It was his vi­sion and pas­sion that cre­ated The Prince’s Trust in 1976. Now, 42 years later, his char­ity is still mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the life chances of vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple on a mas­sive scale – 70,000 this year alone. His per­sonal com­mit­ment drives us for­ward and com­pels us to make a greater dif­fer­ence.

Alan Titch­marsh Gar­den­ing pre­sen­ter and writer

It has been re­ward­ing to watch the Prince of Wales’s in­ter­est in gar­den­ing blos­som. He has al­ways been en­vi­ron­men­tally aware through chan­nels such as The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund and with­out his per­sonal in­ter­ven­tion many lo­cally im­por­tant ini­tia­tives would have failed to sur­vive and liveli­hoods would have been lost. His own gar­den at High­grove, and the gar­den he has cre­ated with the help of the lo­cal com­mu­nity at Dum­fries House in Ayr­shire, have demon­strated his be­lief in the im­por­tance of gar­den­ing as food for the soul and as a cat­a­lyst for bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

I’ve shared those joys with him, and we’ve also shared a frus­tra­tion with slugs and snails on hostas, and can both bore for Bri­tain when it comes to be­moan­ing the ef­fects of box blight. But the Prince’s ac­tive in­volve­ment in mon­i­tor­ing plant health and pre­vent­ing the im­por­ta­tion of even more pests and dis­eases have helped to gal­vanise the hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try into do­ing some­thing about it. At the root of it all is a gen­uine pas­sion for things that grow and a love of be­ing out­doors. I wish more peo­ple un­der­stood just how de­voted he is to ‘the green and pleas­ant land’ we call home. His in­put is not al­ways vis­i­ble, but it has made a real and valu­able dif­fer­ence.

Bunny Guin­ness

Gar­den­ing writer and au­thor

I’ve met a lot of gar­den­ers dur­ing my ca­reer, and the true gar­dener is al­ways ea­ger to get down and get dirty! This is def­i­nitely the case with HRH. He’s no shirker when it comes to hard work, of­ten re­turn­ing to the front door of High­grove in a suit and whizzing straight out of the back door in wellies. Younger (and pro­fes­sional) gar­den­ers say they of­ten have to wipe the sweat off their brows as they strug­gle to keep up with the Prince while do­ing a chal­leng­ing job, such as clear­ing un­der­growth.

While writ­ing the lat­est book on High­grove with HRH, I quickly re­alised that he is a hands-on gar­dener and gets just as frus­trated as the rest of us when plants are out of sorts, or is equally elated when ev­ery­thing looks mag­i­cal. Prince Charles re­ally cares about gar­den­ing, plants and hor­ti­cul­ture gen­er­ally, not just in cre­at­ing High­grove and his other gar­dens, but in open­ing them to the pub­lic and us­ing his pro­file to help raise money for his char­i­ties. And he makes a big noise about the im­por­tance of treat­ing the planet with re­spect; he started bang­ing the drum loudly way be­fore many. Long may he con­tinue!

Ju­lian and Is­abel Ban­ner­man Gar­den de­sign­ers

At the wed­ding of Prince Charles and Camilla, we gar­den­ers sat with the gil­lies and the farmhands and found plenty of time to chat about our em­ployer. We all ac­knowl­edged that the man we know is the pas­toral prince, who be­friended us in gar­dens, moor­lands, wood­lands. When he is with th­ese peo­ple he might say, as Duke Se­nior does in As You Like It, that in such com­pany there ‘is no flat­tery: th­ese are coun­sel­lors that feel­ingly per­suade me what I am’. No won­der Charles chose lines from this play for the in­scrip­tion on the tem­ple we built for him in 1996 at High­grove. His hu­man fail­ings and de­mands are put in the shade by his kind­ness, cu­rios­ity, em­pa­thy, loy­alty, dili­gence and de­vo­tion to duty. He could have been a play­boy, but his self-ed­u­ca­tion saved his san­ity, and led him to cham­pion the young, the dis­pos­sessed and our planet against priv­i­lege.

Adam Frost Gar­den de­signer and pre­sen­ter of Gar­den­ers’ World

For me, first and fore­most, Prince Charles is a gar­dener with a huge pas­sion for Mother Na­ture and is deeply con­cerned about how we treat her. And when you re­alise how much of what he’s said has ac­tu­ally come to pass, it’s both sad and scary.

Ear­lier this year I was in­vited to High­grove for a meet­ing to dis­cuss plant health and biose­cu­rity. The room was full of lords, ladies, min­is­ters and the great and the good from the hor­ti­cul­tural world, and dis­cus­sions were mainly about what we are fail­ing to do about th­ese is­sues as a coun­try. Only one speaker’s words stayed with me. HRH came to the lectern with­out a note in his hand and in just 10 min­utes demon­strated an in­cred­i­ble un­der­stand­ing of the sub­ject, while also giv­ing an in­sight into his pas­sion, hu­mour and sin­cer­ity.

Af­ter the speeches, I cheek­ily asked if he could help me get this wor­ry­ing sub­ject some air­time. He replied, ‘I

would be there like a shot,’ and within six weeks we had recorded an in­ter­view for Gar­den­ers’ World. Prince Charles is ev­i­dently a man of his word who cares deeply about the coun­try­side and un­der­stands that if we con­tinue to mis­treat it, we’ll end up de­priv­ing not only our­selves but, more wor­ry­ingly, our chil­dren, our grand­chil­dren and gen­er­a­tions to come. Nicky Haslam

In­te­rior de­signer and so­cialite

It is quite pos­si­ble that to­day no­body knows what Prince Charles is re­ally like, not even Prince Charles him­self. For 70 years he has needed to de­vote his time and en­ergy into not be­ing him­self, for much of it in a po­si­tion in which noth­ing pri­vate should show. It is hardly his fault that his life­time has seen the ero­sion of such pri­vacy; the quid pro quo is that, un­der­stand­ably, he shows his feel­ings pub­licly.

He was born hav­ing great sen­si­tiv­ity and a quick mind, both of which are still his char­ac­ter­is­tics, and to which have been added an in­stinc­tive kind­ness, an in­sou­ciant sense of hu­mour and, above all, be­ing his­tor­i­cally minded, a pas­sion­ate, if some­times over-tra­di­tional, knowl­edge and re­spect for ev­ery field of the arts. In some cases his opin­ions, of­ten ini­tially pooh-poohed, have been shown to be spot on; oth­ers deemed faintly cranky, but his is not a con­ven­tional mind and his out­spo­ken­ness adds elan to na­tional de­bate.

Prince Charles has two par­ents who are supremely good at their job. There is al­most nowhere in the world they haven’t been, noth­ing on al­most ev­ery level they haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced or en­hanced, and are glob­ally loved and re­spected. Hence there are far fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties for the great state­ment, the grand ges­ture, none­the­less the Prince of Wales has crafted his own unique per­sona. The last prince to bear that ti­tle had, if fleet­ingly, a new 20th-cen­tury world at his feet. Prince Charles has with sub­tlety, orig­i­nal­ity and tenac­ity kept the 21st cen­tury at his el­bow. He knows and com­ments on what he likes and ad­mires, and equally what up­sets or ir­ri­tates him. In this, he is most surely his own man, and a man of his time.

Colonel John Blash­ford-snell

Co-founder of Op­er­a­tion Drake and Op­er­a­tion Raleigh In 1975 HRH heard that two young Jersey men had won places on the Sci­en­tific Ex­plo­ration So­ci­ety ex­pe­di­tion to the Zaire (Congo) River. ‘If you can do this for two, why not for 200,’ he sug­gested to the So­ci­ety. Seek­ing to en­cour­age the young with the chal­lenges of war in peace, the Prince hoped to cre­ate young lead­ers who could be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in the world. It was his fore­sight and en­thu­si­asm that launched Op­er­a­tion Drake, com­mem­o­rat­ing the 400th an­niver­sary of Sir Fran­cis Drake’s cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion.

As pa­tron, he raised con­sid­er­able funds and in­spired 400 young of many na­tions to take part in ben­e­fi­cial tasks over­seas. Fol­low­ing its suc­cess, he en­cour­aged a much larger rep­e­ti­tion and Op­er­a­tion Raleigh (now Raleigh In­ter­na­tional) started in 1984. The 40,000 who have taken part in­clude the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, a nurse who in­spired Bob Geldof to cre­ate Band Aid, an­other who be­came Bri­tain’s am­bas­sador in Bei­jing, Tim Peake, the as­tro­naut, and many who have aided de­vel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tected the en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife.

An­drew Roberts


The task of be­ing heir to the throne has never been an easy one in any age. Yet the Prince of Wales has man­aged to make the job his own, far ex­ceed­ing the con­tri­bu­tions made by all the other suc­cess­ful Princes of Wales in British his­tory. His cham­pi­oning of ini­tially un­pop­u­lar or seem­ingly re­con­dite causes has been un­der­taken with great pas­sion and has been re­mark­able for its fore­sight, in that most of the causes he has cho­sen are now in the main­stream, and he is widely and cor­rectly seen as hav­ing been far ahead of his time. Sim­i­larly, the breadth of his in­ter­ests qual­i­fies him as a gen­uine re­nais­sance man, one of a dwin­dling breed. The work that he has done is one of the rea­sons that we re­vere the monar­chy as an in­sti­tu­tion, and makes us proud to be British.

Lady Bam­ford Founder of Dayles­ford Or­ganic

Prince Charles is a vi­sion­ary. He be­gan cam­paign­ing for or­ganic farm­ing and the need for sus­tain­able prac­tices at a time when be­ing ‘green’ was still thought of as a bit al­ter­na­tive, con­tro­ver­sial even. He fore­saw the dan­gers of in­dus­trial farm­ing and the need for change, and he spoke out. I have enor­mous re­spect for his de­ter­mi­na­tion; for his abil­ity to stand firm and to drive for­ward his vi­sion in the face of pub­lic crit­i­cism. He was one of the lead­ers of the or­ganic move­ment in this coun­try, gal­vanis­ing and paving the way for change in the way it has been per­ceived, and am­pli­fy­ing the un­der­stand­ing of why it is so im­por­tant for the fu­ture. He pur­sues his en­deav­ours with an en­ergy and a vigour that I ad­mire hugely. And while there is a se­ri­ous na­ture to the is­sues he fights for, be­hind his for­mal ex­te­rior there is a hu­mour, a light-heart­ed­ness and a de­gree of self-dep­re­ca­tion. Any­one who has vis­ited High­grove may re­call the sign that says, ‘Be­ware! You are now en­ter­ing an old-fash­ioned estab­lish­ment.’

Ben Pen­treath Ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer

I first met the Prince of Wales when I was a young stu­dent at his ex­tra­or­di­nary, rad­i­cal and won­der­ful ar­chi­tec­tural school. For the hun­dreds of stu­dents who passed through its doors, it was an ed­u­ca­tion like no other.

Years later, af­ter work­ing in New York, I re­turned to Lon­don and joined The Prince’s Foun­da­tion – the char­ity es­tab­lished by the Prince to pro­mote his views on the built en­vi­ron­ment: that we must build sen­si­tively, in har­mony with the en­vi­ron­ment, and with a hu­man scale.

Over the years we have worked on a num­ber of projects for the Duchy of Corn­wall. At Pound­bury, the Prince’s ex­per­i­men­tal town on the edge of Dorch­ester, we have now de­signed the bet­ter part of 1,000 houses. The Prince re­mains ex­traor­di­nar­ily en­gaged in the de­vel­op­ment and has a great in­ter­est in the de­tail of how things are de­signed.

His ar­chi­tec­tural lean­ings are com­plex and eclec­tic. To la­bel him a ‘clas­si­cist’ is to mis­un­der­stand both the breadth of his in­ter­est and the depth of his knowl­edge of the liv­ing tra­di­tions of the build­ing crafts. When the Prince first posited his views on how Pound­bury should be built, he was la­belled as ir­rel­e­vant and re­ac­tionary. Twenty-five years on, his tremen­dous achieve­ment is widely recog­nised and ap­plauded.

Char­lie May­hew MBE

CEO and co-founder, Tusk

I first re­mem­ber be­ing pre­sented to the Prince of Wales when I was the DJ at a char­ity ball back in the ’80s. Even then, his deep con­cern for the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change was ev­i­dent, al­beit of­ten in the face of con­sid­er­able scep­ti­cism. Thirty years on, he has been proved right and his orig­i­nal alarm calls are now re­garded as main­stream think­ing.

As CEO of Tusk, I am acutely aware that our own royal pa­tron, Prince Wil­liam, de­vel­oped his pas­sion for Africa and the wider nat­u­ral world due to his fa­ther’s in­flu­ence. As a re­sult, Tusk and the en­tire con­ser­va­tion sec­tor have ben­e­fit­ted from their col­lec­tive in­volve­ment in high­light­ing the is­sues on the world stage.

In 2014, the Prince of Wales, along with his sons and the UK gov­ern­ment, co-hosted the first in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on tack­ling the il­le­gal wildlife trade – an ini­tia­tive that Tusk was proud to play a hand in in­sti­gat­ing. Not long af­ter, the Prince urged us to trial a pi­lot project to train wildlife rangers in anti-poach­ing in­ter­cep­tion and in­for­ma­tion-gath­er­ing tech­niques. The pro­gramme sim­ply would not have hap­pened with­out the Prince’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and the vi­tal fund­ing he pro­vided via his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion. Tusk has now rolled this highly suc­cess­ful train­ing out to 200 rangers across Africa.

Like fa­ther, like son, Prince Wil­liam takes an equally proac­tive in­ter­est in ev­ery­thing we do. Their com­mit­ment to the nat­u­ral world clearly runs deep.

Jonathan Dim­bleby

Au­thor and broad­caster

Over the last 25 years or more, I have got to know the heir to the throne pretty well. He is a re­mark­able in­di­vid­ual, blessed with rare imag­i­na­tion and vi­sion. Long driven by the need to ‘make a dif­fer­ence’, he has used his unique role en­tirely in the pub­lic in­ter­est. No one else has cre­ated so di­verse a range of in­no­va­tive, ef­fec­tive and flour­ish­ing char­i­ta­ble en­ter­prises.

Over the last half cen­tury, he has pi­o­neered ideas that were un­fash­ion­able at the time and for which he was mocked and vil­i­fied. A fee­bler spirit might have re­treated but again and again he chose – with a gri­mace – to put his head above the para­pet. To­day, whether it is ur­ban and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, bio­di­ver­sity or cli­mate change, his pas­sion for ‘har­mony’ is now widely treated with re­spect by those who care about the par­lous state of re­la­tions be­tween hu­mankind and the nat­u­ral world. The na­tion owes this sen­si­tive and coura­geous man for all sea­sons a huge debt of grat­i­tude.

With Camilla, Duchess of Corn­wall, ar­riv­ing at As­cot, June 2018

With Theresa May at St James’s Palace, July 2018

Mark­ing 100 years since the start of World War I, with David Cameron, Au­gust 2014 Hand­ing over Hong Kong to China, along­side then­prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair, July 1997

Join­ing the RSC for agalato cel­e­brate 400 years of the Bard, April 2016

Knight­ing Bee Gee Barry Gibb, June 2018

Host­ing Ch­eryl Cole at a Clarence House char­ity event, July 2012

The tem­ple in The Stumpery at High­grove, June 2008

With Prince Harry in the grounds of High­grove, July 1986

Over­see­ing the build­ing of Pound­bury, April 1999

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