Prince Charles Hints at a Possible Birthday Gift for Prince George

Prince William's oldest child will turn 7 later this summer.

Prince George's 7th birthday is still a few weeks away, but Prince Charles is already hinting at a gift the young royal might receive from his grandpa.

During a radio conversation with Alan Titchmarsh this week, the Prince of Wales reflected on his love of classical music, and spoke of how he was introduced to the performing arts at a young age by his grandmother, the Queen Mother.

"My grandmother used to play quite a bit of music, so I would hear something there," Prince Charles said. "But I suspect the first time I really became aware of it was being taken by my grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to Covent Garden aged 7, I think. It must have been in 1956 to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform. It was their first visit to the United Kingdom and I shall never forget that incredible occasion."

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A portrait of Prince Charles released for his 7th birthday.
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"I was completely inspired by it," he said, continuing, "which is why it's so important, I think, for grandparents or other relations to take children at about the age of 7 to experience some form of the arts in performance."

Of course, social distancing requirements put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic mean that it could be some time before Prince Charles and Prince George take in a live performance together.

But in the meantime, the Prince of Wales has been keeping in touch with his grandkids via video chat.

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Prince Charles and Prince George at Trooping the Colour in 2015.
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"I think your father and my parents and our families and things like that have really loved keeping in touch with the children, because they know it’s really hard," the Duchess of Cambridge said to Prince William in a recent BBC interview.

But William noted there have been some technical difficulties.

"As you can imagine, the younger generation are a little bit more tech-savvy. But only just," he said. "I think we’re getting there now, the family are getting a little bit more used to being able to contact each other and pressing the right buttons and not dropping the computer halfway through."


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