Well-wishers sing early Happy Birthday to Prince Charles in Sydney

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Sydney (dpa) – A small crowd broke into a rendition of Happy Birthday for Prince Charles as he and his wife Camilla met with well-wishers Thursday in Sydney, local media reported.

Charles doesn’t turn 67 until Saturday, but by then he will be in Perth, where he plans to mark the occasion with a beach barbecue.

Charles smiled and waved to the singers as he moved down the line in Martin Place, shaking hands and exchanging words with admirers, many of whom had waited hours to see him, the broadcaster ABC reported.

Natalie Fisher, a tourist from the United States, told ABC: “”They’re better than our royal family, the Kardashians.”

Earlier in the day the couple inspected a police mounted horse display, and Camilla, a keen horsewoman, patted horses and spoke with the riders.

Charles planned to meet emergency service workers and participate in a sustainability roundtable Thursday afternoon, while Camilla was to meet with the Australian Military Police to mark their centenary.

Charles will host a dinner Thursday evening at Admiralty House, the official residence of the Governor General on the shores of Sydney Harbour overlooking the Opera house.

Among the guests will be champion female jockey Michelle Payne, who won the 2015 Melbourne Cup, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, and former prime minister John Howard.

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