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Prince Charles celebrates his 71st birthday in India with group of schoolchildren


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Prince Charles celebrated his birthday with a party in Mumbai today. 

The Prince of Wales, who turns 71 today, marked the milestone with a small event attended by local schoolchildren whose education is supported by his charitable foundation, the British Asian Trust.

The schoolchildren presented the royal with a present featuring the stories of Hindu deity Krishna, told with tiny figures in three bonsai gardens.

They also sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to the royal and enjoyed a slice of delicious chocolate cake. 

Charles, who is turning 71 today, celebrated his birthday early in Mumbai, meeting youngsters whose education is supported by his charitable foundation, the British Asian Trust

The children had been stumped over what to give the future king but came up with the idea of a present featuring the stories of Hindu deity Krishna, told with tiny figures in three bonsai gardens (pictured eating his birthday cake)

The children had been stumped over what to give the future king but came up with the idea of a present featuring the stories of Hindu deity Krishna, told with tiny figures in three bonsai gardens (pictured eating his birthday cake)

The pictured children's school has been supported by the Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group led by Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal

The pictured children’s school has been supported by the Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group led by Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal

Britain's Prince Charles, left, greets a school girl as he arrives to celebrate his birthday with school children at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India,

The Prince of Wales receives a flower and garland during a British Asian Trust reception in Mumbai, on day two of the royal visit to India.

The Prince received a flower  (right) and greets a schoolgirl (left) at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai 

Charles was gifted a floral garland as the children served him a cake and sang happy birthday

Charles was gifted a floral garland as the children served him a cake and sang happy birthday

Their school has been supported by the Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group led by Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal.

His wife, Dr Swati Piramal, said: ‘What can you give a prince? What can the kids give him? So they thought of the bonsai gardens.’

She said one tiny garden tells the story of Krishna stealing butter, the second depicts the deity being born in a jail and his father escaping with him as a baby, and the last describes his time as a cow herder.

Dr Piramal said: ‘He really loved it when I showed it to him, because of course in England there’s a culture of fairy gardens, there are gnomes, but this is unique because this is Krishna’s fairy garden.’

The father-of-two looked delighted to receive his birthday card from the school children

The father-of-two looked delighted to receive his birthday card from the school children

Charles's two-day trip to India ended with a garland of flowers being placed around his neck and he clasped his hands in the traditional Hindu Namaste greeting when a boy gave him a flower

Charles’s two-day trip to India ended with a garland of flowers being placed around his neck and he clasped his hands in the traditional Hindu Namaste greeting when a boy gave him a flower

The children sang Happy Birthday to the prince as he cut a large chocolate cake. He offered one young girl a piece of chocolate sponge from the end of the knife, and could not resist licking his fingers afterwards

The children sang Happy Birthday to the prince as he cut a large chocolate cake. He offered one young girl a piece of chocolate sponge from the end of the knife, and could not resist licking his fingers afterwards

The heir to the throne looked delighted with the display put on by the group of schoolchildren

The heir to the throne looked delighted with the display put on by the group of schoolchildren

The Prince of Wales receives a flower and garland from a school boy during a British Asian Trust reception in Mumbai, on day two of the royal visit to India

The Prince of Wales receives a flower and garland from a school boy during a British Asian Trust reception in Mumbai, on day two of the royal visit to India

Charles’s two-day trip to India ended with a garland of flowers being placed around his neck and he clasped his hands in the traditional Hindu Namaste greeting when a boy gave him a flower.

The children sang Happy Birthday to the prince as he cut a large chocolate cake.

He offered one young girl a piece of chocolate sponge from the end of the knife, and could not resist licking his fingers afterwards.

Delighted, your royal highness! Prince Charles beamed as her wore a flower garland during the British Asian Trust reception on his birthday

Delighted, your royal highness! Prince Charles beamed as her wore a flower garland during the British Asian Trust reception on his birthday 

A schoolchild puts the garland around Prince Charles' neck as part of his birthday celebrations with the British Asian Trust. The foundation was founded in 2007 by The Prince of Wales and a group of British Asian business leaders, to tackle widespread poverty, inequality and injustice in South Asia

A schoolchild puts the garland around Prince Charles’ neck as part of his birthday celebrations with the British Asian Trust. The foundation was founded in 2007 by The Prince of Wales and a group of British Asian business leaders, to tackle widespread poverty, inequality and injustice in South Asia

The children looked in awe of the royal as he cut the cake to celebrate his 71st birthday

The children looked in awe of the royal as he cut the cake to celebrate his 71st birthday 

The Prince of Wales talks with Mumbai based artist Haribaabu Naatesan about his artwork that is made out of rubbish following a round table discussion on Sustainable Markets at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai

The Prince of Wales talks with Mumbai based artist Haribaabu Naatesan about his artwork that is made out of rubbish following a round table discussion on Sustainable Markets at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai

The Prince of Wales attends a round table discussion on Sustainable Markets at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, on day two of the royal visit to India

The Prince of Wales attends a round table discussion on Sustainable Markets at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, on day two of the royal visit to India

It comes just a day after the Prince of Wales met pop princess Katy Perry, while on his Indian trip. 

The heir to the throne grinned as he shook hands with Katy, 35, and they posed for pictures. The singer had heard about the work of the British Asian Trust, which the prince set up in 2007, and joined other supporters to learn more about the charity. 

The pop sensation donned a blue floral ensemble which boasted statement virago sleeves – accessorising it with an elegant cream head piece and a pair of matching 60s style earrings. 

The royal cut a sophisticated figure in a navy pinstriped suit, paired with a white and blue patterned tie and pocket square. 

Prince Charles met pop star Katy Perry in Mumbai today, on the first day of his royal tour of India. They attended a meeting or the British Asian Trust

Prince Charles met pop star Katy Perry in Mumbai today, on the first day of his royal tour of India. They attended a meeting or the British Asian Trust

The Prince of Wales attended a meeting of The British Asian Trust in Mumbai today. Katy Perry had heard about the work of the Trust and joined other supporters to learn more about the charity

The Prince of Wales attended a meeting of The British Asian Trust in Mumbai today. Katy Perry had heard about the work of the Trust and joined other supporters to learn more about the charity

 

Despite the Prince of Wales looking thrilled at his dalliance with pop royalty, he was seen with painfully swollen hands and feet, sparking concerns for his health.  

Yesterday, he removed his shoes to step into a Sikh temple in New Delhi, the Prince’s fingers and toes were considerably red and swollen. 

But the heir to the throne dismissed any apparent discomfort as he joked with royal aides, met the President and paid tribute to military personnel during a packed day of engagements. 

Prince Charles arrived in India today after flying from the UK – a flight which takes around nine hours – so he may still have some swelling left over from travelling

Swollen feet can have a variety of causes, among them gout, diabetes or fluid build-up due to physical conditions

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