Camilla celebrates turning 72 with Charles and a slice of cake

‘Happy birthday to you!’ Adorable three-year-old serenades an amused Camilla as she celebrates turning 72 with a slice of cake at a Devon picnic

  • Camilla, 72, celebrated her birthday by continuing tour of Cornwall and Devon 
  • The birthday girl opted for a white skirt under a tan jacket and matching shoes 
  • She befriended some furry locals as arrived at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary 
  • Later enjoyed some cake with Prince Charles Big Picnic in Exmoor National Park

A smiling Duchess of Cornwall was treated to an adorable rendition of Happy Birthday from an enthusiastic three-year-old boy today.

Camilla, now 72, kicked off her birthday celebrations by visiting a donkey sanctuary in Devon, where she met youngster Jacob Leney.

The Duchess was all smiles as she accepted a posy from the young gentleman as he belted out the tune at the end of her visit to the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary to mark the charity’s 50th anniversary.

Donning a pleated white skirt and cropped tan jacket, the Duchess paired her outfit with flat ballet shoes of a matching colour. 

She accessorised with jewellery including peal earrings and a silver bracelet – and completed her outfit with a £220 small raffia tote bag from Heidi Klein, which featured bamboo handle detail.

Piece of cake: Charles cut Camilla a slice of an elaborate cake inspired by the landscapes of the UK’s National Parks during the Big Picnic celebration honour of all 15 of the UK’s National Parks

Camilla was greeted by an adorable well-wisher, whom she took in her arms during the Devon visit 

Glowing: Prince Charles and Camilla happily looked on as they joined well-wishers at the Big Picnic celebration in honour of all 15 of the UK’s National Parks

Looking the picture of elegance, the Duchess wore her hair down as she posed alongside her new furry friends.     

During her visit, the royal met service users who have benefited from the charity’s Donkey Facilitated Learning programme, 

Later, Camilla was joined by the Prince of Wales, 71, at Big Picnic in Exmoor National Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act.

They took part in the celebration in honour of all 15 of the UK’s National Parks, and Camilla was gifted a specially crafted cake inspired by the UK’s most beautiful scenery.

Bottoms up: Charles enjoyed a drink at the event and was his usually good humoured self during the celebrations 

Flowers in full bloom: Camilla seemed thrilled to receive this gorgeous bouquet of flowers at the Big Picnic

So long, farewell: After hugging the toddler, Camilla handed him back to his mother with a smile

Woof: The Duchess of Cornwall also became acquainted with a local dog wearing a very stylish yellow bandana  

Charles seems in good spirits as revelers convened to get food and drinks at the Devon picnic today  

Enjoying a bite: Camilla was caught enjoying a bit of cake at the dessert table after a busy day in Devon 

Mothers were waiting in line to introduce their children to a very happy Camilla this afternoon in Devon 

The Duchess received a beautiful bouquet of flowers after her visit to the Big Picnic event in Simonsbath

Meeting the locals: Camilla was introduced to two very beautiful rams and their handlers (pictured)

After meeting and petting donkeys this morning, Camilla was introduced to a ram at the big picnic

Making friends: Camilla could not resist petting the ram on its nuzzle and the animal happily let her proceed

Charles, who joined his wife for the afternoon festivities, also petted the peaceful animal as Camilla looked on 

Camilla met with some more well-wishers during her time at the Big Picnic this afternoon, some of them quite young 

More animals: Camilla also got the chance to pet some horses at this afternoon’s event in Devon 

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales enjoyed a slice after the latter expertly cut the elaborate and impressively big birthday snack. 

This morning, Charles, looking dapper in a light grey suit with blue tones, visited the headquarters of Gregory Distribution Ltd, at Cullompton, to celebrate the company’s centenary.

The Prince of Wales took a particular interest in the private delivery services’ collection cars, and greeted well-wishers while sipping on a cup of tea. 

Camilla seemed in good spirits as she celebrated her birthday as well as the  70th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act in Devon 

Eyes on the price: Camilla spotted a cake she seemed to particularly like during the dessert portion of the picnic

The Duchess of Cornwall turns 72 today: Camilla looked in good spirits in Devon on the day of her seventy-second birthday 

Camilla looked delighted to be kicking off her birthday celebrations at a donkey sanctuary in Devon 

After arriving at the donkey sanctuary, Camilla petted some of the animals in the Devon sun (pictured)  

The Duchess seemed particularly taken with a friendly donkey whose collar read ‘Jack Groves’ during her visit 

Camilla and Charles will tour more of Cornwall and Devon as their annual three-day tour of the region comes to an end. 

The Duchess has been inundated with well-wishes across social media – from royals and members of the public alike.

Clarence House posted an emoji of a party popper and penned: ‘Thank you for all the lovely messages on The Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday!’

Meanwhile, Camilla’s brother-in-law, the Duke of York, 59, lead the tributes and posted a photograph of them both together.

Furry friends! The Duchess was pictured petting two donkeys at the sanctuary which is located at Slade House Farm in Sidmouth

He wrote: ‘Wishing Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall a very Happy Birthday!’ 

For her big day, Camilla opted for a pleated white skirt with a tan jacket and matching shoes – and accessorised with a small raffia handbag 

Happy birthday duchess: Camilla left her first engagement of the day to join Prince Charles for the rest of their tour of Cornwall 

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall, and husband Prince Charles both cut a massive cake 24 hours before her special day as they visited Ginsters of Cornwall to help mark 50 years of the Cornish bakery. 

She also tried her hand at making a traditional Cornish pasty as she and Charles continued their royal visit to the county from which she takes her title.

The Duchess was pictured getting stuck in at Ginsters HQ, with her effort at making the Cornish staple ending up a bit rough around the edges.

A chef reassured the Duchess that her efforts were ‘superb’, but she replied that her pasty was ‘very wibbly wobbly’. 

Their Royal Highnesses then travelled to Devon where they toured Tavistock’s Community Festival of Food and Crafts, trying a range of delicious local produce and meeting well-wishers.

Last year, Camilla celebrated her birthday on the idyllic Scilly Isles on the stunning British archipelago off Cornwall’s coast.

Both celebrations are more muted than two years prior, when the Prince threw a lavish 70th birthday party for his wife at Highgrove.  

Camilla left the sanctuary with a big smile on her face and a lovely bouquet of flowers after her visit 

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, shared a picture of himself and Camilla on Instagram to mark her 72nd birthday 

He accompanied the picture with a sweet message wishing the Duchess of Cornwall a happy birthday  

The Duke of York lead the well-wishes on the Duchess of Cornwall’s 72nd birthday while the Clarence House Instagram account penned: ‘Thank you for all the lovely messages’

While Camilla spent the first hours of her morning at the donkey sanctuary, Charles headed to  Gregory Distribution Limited

Prince Charles visited the Gregory Distribution Limited in celebration of its centenary this morning

Cuppa in hand: Charles was greeted by well-wishers at Gregory Distribution Limited this morning, while he casually kept his cup of tea close 

The Prince of Wales revealed a commemorative plate to celebrate the company’s centenary during his visit 

Charles looked dapper in  a grey and blue suit as he celebrated the centenary with staff from Gregory Distribution Ltd and members of the public today 

 The prince could not resist trying his hand at one of the older models’ honk and steering wheels in front of the onlookers 

The royal took a tour of the company’s ground and got a closer look at his transport trucks (pictured)

The royal shook hands with some of the staff and drivers of the lorries who work for Gregory Distribution Limited

Everyone seemed in good spirits as rosy cheeks Charles made his way through the different models of lorries and delivery trucks 

Charles looked in his element under the Devon sun this morning. He will later join Camilla for an event in Exmoor National Park


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