The king-in-waiting (that sounds dreadful) is celebrating his 70th birthday today. The current controversy surrounding Prince Charles is a question over how his role as an environmentalist and erst-while supporter of occasionally odd pseudoscience may interfere with his job as the future king. In the past, he has sent letters to UK cabinet members regarding such things as alternative medicine and a proposed badger culling. So, some Brits have expressed concern that he will voice controversial opinions in public if he becomes king. He even has the power to dissolve parliament (and call a new election) if he becomes disenchanted. The Prince, however, has reassured us. “I’m not that stupid,” he said, indicating that he intends to act entirely differently if he becomes king.
Most of the Prince’s causes have been helpful and all have been sincere. Among the work that his charities support are sustainability, community development, architecture form, conservation, and employment training. I certainly hope that he does not stop advocating for the environment and bees. Bees and beekeeping (“the sport fit for a king”) have been longtime interests for Prince Charles.
I’m not sure how engaged he is (does he light the smoker or carry the hivetool?), but honey bees have been part of his estates and organic gardens for years.
Thanks, for that, Prince Charles. May you have a sweet 70th!