Britain's Prince Charles becomes a pensioner

Britain's Prince Charles becomes a pensioner

LONDON - Britain's Prince Charles officially became a pensioner as he celebrated his 65th birthday on Thursday, another landmark in his patient wait for the grand role he was born to play.

The heir apparent, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son, will mark the occasion in India, where he is currently touring with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, before flying to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in the evening.

Charles is set to visit a museum and a synagogue in Cochin, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where he will receive a traditional blessing.

Following his arrival in Colombo, Charles will attend a reception at the city's British High Commission, where a spokesman for the prince said there was "likely to be some singing and maybe even a cake".

In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph, Camilla revealed that her husband "likes people giving him a cake" and enjoyed last year's celebrations in New Zealand "when everyone gave him a bit of a party."

But she added he was "hopeless" to buy presents for, explaining that he composes detailed lists "so you get it exactly right."

The celebrations began last week when he was presented with a homemade chocolate cake, decorated with the number 65, by schoolchildren from Govindpuri, one of Delhi's largest slums.

The prince and his wife on Wednesday enjoyed a rest day on their nine-day Indian tour, giving them time for private celebrations.

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