A 70-year-old beekeeper

This looks like one of those “Write your own caption” contests.
Any suggestions?

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!

Like so many couples, the prince and his wife have a good-natured rivalry. Here, the Duchess of Cornwall is selling honey produced from her private garden’s bees while the prince competes by selling honey from his own hives, packaged under the label Highgrove Honey.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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11 Responses to A 70-year-old beekeeper

  1. Alan Jones says:

    Can I start the caption competition with the Bee saying “Look I’m the King Bee around here so buzz off”

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  2. Susan Rudnicki says:

    I must say, that is the first time I have ever seen a dress shirt and tie under a veil! I like Prince Charles and think he has a good heart, even with inheriting a lot of tricky history and loads of burdensome etiquette.

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  3. avwalters says:

    Oh my! Can you imagine the disruptive possibility that a royal might espouse environmental principles. Oh, this, I’m sure would bring down the entire house of cards. People might get ideas.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Peter Murless says:

    The King was in his counting house , counting out his honey, while Camilla was in hers, doing likewise.

  5. Emily Scott says:

    I know one of the royal beekeepers from my London beekeeping days, he’s beekeeping royalty himself.

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