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Happy birthday Prince Charles! Royal grandpa turns 65

Nov. 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM ET

Queen Ellizabeth II and Prince Charles
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"Look, a commoner!" Ha, we kid. Queen Ellizabeth II and Prince Charles laugh as they watch the sack race during the annual Braemer Highland Games on Sept. 7, 2013 in Braemar, Scotland.

The Prince of Wales hits a milestone birthday Thursday, and we thought it a good time to reflect on the awkwardly adorable royal's impressive year. From claiming bragging rights over his sons' dance moves to speaking out on environmental causes and, of course, receiving the new title grandfather, Charles has become a little more relatable in his 65th year, kinda the way we warmed up to Camilla after she posed with one koala too many. 

"We need to think about what kind of world we're handing on to our successors, particularly our grandchildren," the British throne's longest serving heir apparent said during a March interview with the BBC. "It should make us reflect a bit how we do things so that we don't ruin it for them."

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles
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It's good to be the (future) king: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, looks on as Prince Charles is presented with a 65th birthday cake during a visit to Katha Community School on Nov.8, 2013 in Delhi, India.

As for the arrival of Prince George, the elder royal is "thrilled", but admitted it did indeed make him feel old, but only because "you can't believe, to a certain extent, that it's going to happen in your life." (It's happening, old man — there are even coins to document it! Soak it in!)

Take a look back at Prince Charles' last year. It involved kneesocks.

CARDIFF, WALES - JULY 03:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by two Daleks from the Dr Who TV series as the...
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are greeted by two Daleks from the "Dr Who" TV series as they visit BBC Roath Lock Studios on July 3, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George of Cambridge following his Christening at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in central Lo...
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Baby! THE baby! Duchess Kate holds her son Prince George of Cambridge following his christening in St James's Palace on Oct. 23, 2013.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lisa Shannon (R)  dance at the Dance-O-Mat during a visit to Christchurc...
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Dancing king: Prince Charles shows off his moves at the Dance-O-Mat during a visit to Christchurch on Nov. 16, 2012 in Feilding, New Zealand.
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29:  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watches as Prince Charles, Prince of Wales tries some Oysters during a visit to T...
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"Chug, chug, chug!" Camilla watches as Charles tries some oysters during a visit to the Whitstable Oyster Festival on July 29, 2013.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and the newly appointed 11th Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK...
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What a mensch: Prince Charles and the newly appointed 11th Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK and the Commonwealth, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, leave after his induction at a ceremony on Sept.1, 2013, in London.
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is presented with a teddy bear for Prince George of Cambridge during a visit to the 1...
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Is it a replica of Queen Victoria's favorite velvet teddy bear? If not, afraid it's not good enough for Prince George. Prince Charles was presented with a teddy bear for the baby royal during a visit to the 132nd Sandringham Flower Show on July 31, 2013, in King's Lynn, England.
DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales pose outside the Akshardham Temple during day 3 of an of...
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Flower power: Camilla and Prince Charles pose outside the Akshardham Temple during an official visit to India on Nov. 8, 2013 in Delhi, India.
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales holds a bald eagle called Zephyr during a visit to the 132nd Sandringham Flower Show ...
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Hawk! Who goes there? The Prince of Wales holds a bald eagle at Sandringham House on July 31, 2013 in King's Lynn, England.
A file picture dated 09 November 2012 shows Britain's Prince Charles wearing sunglases during a meeting with members of the emergen...
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Future looks bright, kiddo. Probably involves royal diaper changing.
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He’s weathered scandals and fought for the environment, but above all else, Prince Charles was born to be Great Britain's king. Take a look back at his life and career.






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