Today is the sixtieth birthday of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales and the Secret Person wishes him well.
Though it seems outdated, the long-term nature of our constitutional monarchy seems to me to provide a good balance against the rapidly changing fashions of short-term politicians whose only care is for the next election. Though it is popular to say that the Queen does a good job (and she does) but that Charles will not, I disagree and so does the Queen.
It seems to me that Charles, both priveleged and constrained by his position, is a man with a real sense of duty. Using the power he has by virtue of his birth, and his wealth, he has done what he can to make a difference in areas that matter to him. I may not agree with him all the time, but cannot doubt his sincerity or hard work in supporting organic farming, architecture and helping the young. Though he is often outspoken, I have no doubt he is well aware that it would not be appropriate when he becomes king. The man has had his whole life to prepare, and I have no doubt he will do a good job when the time comes. Charles is also, clearly, a caring and loving father.
I wish him all the best upon his sixtieth birthday.