A photo of Charles radiating on a bench marks his 73rd birthday

The 73rd birthday of the Prince of Wales was marked by a new photo showing him sitting on a bench at Highgrove.

The future king is pictured smiling at the camera on the background of green gardens at his home in Gloucestershire.

He is wearing a blue pine-striped suit, a light blue tie and a dotted pocket square.

A purple flower adorns its reverse.

The photo was taken in the summer, according to Clarence House.

The photographer was Hugo Burnand, who took wedding photos for Charles and Camilla in 2005 and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Charles also asked the photographer to take the birthday picture to mark his 60th birthday in 2008 and he made a previous portrait image of the Duchess.

The prince will spend his birthday attending the annual Memorial Day Service at the Cenotaph.

He will place a wreath on the top step of the Tombstone on behalf of the Queen as she watches from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.

Charles began putting one on his mother’s behalf in 2017, with the change seen as a subtle change of head of state duties.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen will attend the annual wreath-laying ceremony in Whitehall, which takes place on November 14 this year, and honors Britain’s war dead.

It comes as the 95-year-old monarch missed several other events after royal doctors ordered him to rest just over three weeks ago. She spent a night in hospital on October 20 undergoing preparatory tests.

On Thursday, Charles reassured a viewer about the queen’s health as he met people in Brixton.

Charles was greeted by crowds after a engagement for the Prince’s Trust in south London.

One man asked him: “Prince Charles. How is your mother? “

Charles gave him an encouraging pat on the arm, and seemed to say, “She’s fine, thank you.”

The royal received an early birthday cake while he welcomed organizations that had been recognized by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, to a reception at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

Jo Taylor, owner of Reach and Rescue, a company that makes telescopic lifeguards for emergency personnel, gave him the cake.

Mrs Taylor, whose company was recognized in the innovation category, said: “The prince laughed and said, ‘You’ve explored me,’ and he shoved the card into his left pocket.”

Charles recently attended the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, where he told world leaders that “we need to practice our words and commitments”.

Among the ecologist’s long-term efforts to reduce its carbon footprint is to eat less meat and dairy products and convert its Aston Martin to run on cheese and wine by-products.

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