Prince Charles to become magazine editor on his birthday

By @chelean on
Britain's Prince Charles pays his respects at the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, November 9, 2017.
Britain's Prince Charles pays his respects at the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, November 9, 2017. Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Prince Charles is going to become a magazine editor again. The Prince of Wales has accepted the role of an editor of a special edition of Country Life magazine ahead of his 70th birthday, and he even commissioned wife Camilla to write an article.

Country Life announced on Wednesday that Charles would be taking over the special edition of the magazine again, which will be published on his birthday, Nov. 14. He has been working on the commemorative edition since February.

The edition will reflect Charles’ passion for the countryside. It will also feature articles about Clarence House, Highgrove Gardens and Dumfries House. He has also asked his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, to write for the magazine. Camilla’s article would be about her support for the Medical Detection Dogs charity.

Charles has also chosen a “world-famous British actress friend” for the interview pages. According to the magazine, the prince has commissioned a myriad of eclectic features that would reflect his interests in art, music, architecture and wildlife conservation, as well as his desire to promote country life and preserve heritage crafts.

“The Prince has been a long-term supporter of Country Life, so we are delighted that he has agreed to let us have the benefit of his wise counsel and insight for a second time,” editor Mark Hedges said. “We are very excited about producing a special collectors’ issue that will afford unique insights into The Prince of Wales’ thinking and his enduring commitment to our world.”

This isn’t the first time Charles took the editor’s seat for the magazine. He also took charge in 2013 for its Nov. 13 edition, just in time for his 65th birthday.

Meanwhile, Charles is said to be celebrating his birthday a few days earlier on Oct. 25 with a party organised by Camilla. The celebration would include his family and friends, including his son Prince William and wife Kate Middleton. His younger son, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, would miss out, though.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently on their first official royal tour as a couple in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. They won’t be back until Oct. 31.

Nevertheless, the Cambridges and the Sussexes are all expected to attend Charles’ actual birthday on Nov. 14. His mother, Queen Elizabeth, will be hosting a party in the State Rooms of the Buckingham Palace for him.