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The Queen remembered the time when she was also 70 years-old, and her mother gave her speech, adding that at this age, it takes too much effort to blow out the birthday candles. Over this period, Prince Charles has become a great leader, devoted husband and father, and just a good person:
My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And she was heard to observe that 70 is exactly the age when the number of candles on your cake finally exceeds the amount of breath you have to blow them out. Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader — a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father.