Buying a baby gift is always fun but choosing one for the future King of England could present a bit of a challenge. Blankets and diaper bags aren’t going to cut it, and Prince Charles knew that when Prince George was born. In a new Royal documentary, we found out that Prince Charles really brought his “A” game for his first grandchild.
In the new BBC special Prince, Son, and Heir: Charles at 70, Prince Charles gave fans a peek at the arboretum in his Scotland home, and he explained that he planted the trees when Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George five years ago, so his grandson could watch them grow with him.
Prince Charles is a long-time environmental conservation and sustainability advocate. He started publicly advocating for eco-friendly policies back in 1960, and his decision to plant trees for Prince George turned into a beautiful representation of the love he has for his grandson.
According to Romper, the documentary will air in the UK this month, and in it, Prince Charles shows off “dozens of different varieties of trees” that he planted at Birkhall, which is his royal estate that is next to the Queen’s summer residence at Balmoral Castle.
Prince Charles is always reserved, especially when it comes to personal topics of discussion. But, when it came to Prince George, he happily opened up and explained that the trees were “George’s wood.”
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“As I get older, all I really long for is to plant trees. I hope it will be quite amusing for George as they grow up and he grows up,” said Prince Charles.
We don’t know how much time Prince George has spent with the trees, but Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is very proud of her husband’s efforts. She told People Magazine that it is hard to believe how much it has grown, and the trees have gone from tiny to dwarfing everyone.
She also revealed that the Scottish weather didn’t always cooperate with hydrating the trees properly, and Prince Charles “does rain dances most of the day to try and get some more [water].”
A passion for the environment definitely runs in the Royal family. Prince Harry has grown up admiring his father’s work, and he has said the two spend “hours and hours” talking about climate change and ways to influence positive environmental change.
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“What I’ve tried to do all these years is to make sure, if I can possibly, is that ensure that you and your children, my grandchildren, also everybody else’s grandchildren, have a world fit to live in, that provides them with opportunity,” Prince Charles told his youngest son.
In addition to the environment, Prince Charles has other philanthropic activities. He started the Prince’s Trust 42 years ago, and the charity provides young people in the UK with education, training, and jobs.