Prince Charles has a secret talent.
According to his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who celebrates her 70th birthday today, the royal is a “brilliant mimic,” with a knack for voices. And he regularly breaks this skill out in front of her grandchildren (his step-grandchildren), Gus, Louis, Eliza, Lola and Freddy (the children of her own children, Tom and Laura).
When the five children visit the royal couple at Birkhall, their home in Scotland, Charles will read Harry Potter to them before they go to bed, putting on voices for each of the different characters, she told the Daily Mail.
“He does all the voices, because he is a brilliant mimic,” Camilla says of her husband’s story time with her grandchildren. “It’s really sweet. He’s extremely good with children. They love it.”
And his reading, she says, leaves the normally buzzing kids enchanted.
“I always think they are going to be wriggling around in bed, but they sit spellbound.”
Though Camilla celebrates the big 7-0 today, she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She took on more than 200 royal engagements last year, and focuses her efforts on causes relating to survivors of domestic abuse and rape, as well as serving as the president of the National Osteoporosis Society.
Known as “Gaga” to the five kids, Camilla says she tries to see them on “every opportunity,” she told the Mail.
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And although she is busy with her royal duties and her home life, she says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Truthfully, though, I think if you don’t keep your grey cells working and you don’t keep going, you’ll just sit down and watch the day go by,” she said. “But if you keep your grey cells working, I think it helps keep you young.”