"I think you would easily understand the Prince of Wales if you came here," Kenneth Dunsmuir, director of the Prince's Foundation, the umbrella group for Charles' public projects, told CNN standing outside Dumfries House.
To mark the prince's birthday, CNN was invited to his Dumfries House estate in Scotland while he was visiting and to West Africa on an official royal tour.
Britains Prince Charles has released candid family photographs to mark his 70th birthday
What I'd like to think is that in bringing together so many strands into the Prince's Foundation of his charitable initiatives, that this (Dumfries House) is a fantastic physical legacy of that work that will always be here and always remain."
Birthday boy Prince Charles teases that he might slow down now he’s 70. I doubt it jokes Camilla! And he then asks me if the jet lag has subsided yet post tour(adding ‘I don’t know how you do it’ Nor do we!) #PrinceCharles70
The prince's Clarence House office released two family portraits to mark the birthday.
The environmentalist prince writes in the latest edition of Country Life magazine, urging people not to take the natural world for granted but to "think ahead to what our grandchildren will want and need."
While Dumfries House may be the project that best symbolizes Charles' legacy as Prince of Wales, we shouldn't take it as an indication of what sort of king he will be.
Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall pose with two Daleks from "Doctor Who" at BBC Roath Lock Studios on July 3, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Prince Charles and his second wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and their dog were filmed for a BBC documentary celebrating his 70th birthday.
ROYAL BIRTHDAY: Prince Charles, heir apparent to the British throne and the longest serving Prince of Wales, turns 70 today.
Charles himself is defending himself, too, in an interview with the BBC for a birthday documentary, "Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70," that aired Nov. 8.
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"The only sad thing for me was not being able to go further into other parts of Nigeria," Prince Charles told CNN.
Charles is due to have tea on Wednesday with a group of people who are also turning 70 this year, before a Buckingham Palace party thrown by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
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The photos by Chris Jackson show Charles with his wife Camilla, sons Prince William and Prince Harry, their wives Kate and Meghan and his grandchildren: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months.
Prince Charles with his new wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall on their wedding day at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, April 9, 2005.
(Photo: BBC/AP) It could still be many more years before he becomes Britain's 42nd sovereign as King Charles III, but as the Prince of Wales prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday Wednesday , it's heartening to see him showered in the esteem and affection he deserves.
LONDON — Britain's Prince Charles is turning 70 with a family birthday party, and a firm commitment to his environmentalist views.