Prince Charles’ Unique Interest In Red Squirrels Comes To Light As He Celebrates 70th Birthday
November 15, 2018 18:18 By Mambee
Before we go any further, let us celebrate Prince Charles, heir to the British throne. November 14 marks his 70th year on earth. Pretty grand, right?
In honor of his birthday, guests edited the latest edition of County Life Magazine and bits of his interests were revealed in that issue.
For starters, the Prince has a deep-seated passion for rare breeds and a healthy appreciation for food.
It was noted that red squirrels, a species that is native to Britain but fast dying out, tend to visit him in his Birkhall home, and he encourages them to chase one another in the house.
The squirrels used to number an estimated 3.5 million, but in the Prince’s lifetime alone they have been reduced to a mere 250,000. Prince Charles also happens to be the patron of Red Squirrel Survival Trust
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The Prince of Wales wrote,
“If I sit here quietly, they will do so around me. Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts- they are incredibly special creatures.”
Prince William, who shares his father’s love for wildlife, said in the magazine that his father is ‘completely infatuated’ by the creatures and goes as far as naming each one one them.
The 36-year-old added that his father’s love for nature is one of the things he would like to replicate in his three children.
The red squirrels have been so overrun by their cousins from North America, the grey squirrels, that they number 15 to one.
However, William is not the only one who can attest to Charles’s love for these creatures.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust Chairman, Gail Sprake, is quoted to have recounted how he began to keep Crollwitzer turkeys after she asked him why he didn’t have any at the Scottish mansion he had helped to save, Dumfries House.
She was particularly thrilled when, on a subsequent meeting, he related to her, quite excitedly, that he enjoyed feeding and talking to them.
On food, the magazine reveals that the Prince invented a recipe recently. After being taught the Greek dish known as moussaka, he played around with it and came up with groussaka.
It is always a delight to find out more details about the real person behind the royal. Happy 70th to the Prince of Wales!