Pride of royal father and grandfather
The Prince of Wales became a grandfather for the first time earlier this year when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son Prince George was born.
He described George's arrival as "an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine" and reflected on the special status grandparents enjoy.
"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time," he said.
After meeting George while he was still in the hospital, the Prince described his grandson as "Marvellous, thank you very much, absolutely wonderful".
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The Duchess of Cornwall praised Charles on a visit to East Yorkshire the day after George's birth, saying: "It's very exciting and it's wonderful for the grandfather – he's brilliant with children."
The Prince is likely to be a hands-on grandfather, who plays games with George.
When Camilla's granddaughter Eliza Lopes was too little to see over the Buckingham Palace balcony after William and Kate's wedding in 2011, Charles was spotted lifting the little bridesmaid up so she could see the cheering crowds.
Camilla has five grandchildren and the Prince has plenty of experience of entertaining little ones.
He was also involved with William's childcare duties when he was a baby, changing his nappies, and he could name his son's favourite bath toy – a rubber duck.
Charles mentioned the toy in response to a question asked on an Australian radio phone-in programme during a royal tour in 1983.
When members of the public questioned the heir to the throne and his wife Diana about William's bath-time amusement, it was the Prince who came up with the answer first.
During Diana's pregnancy he read books about childbirth and how to bring up a child, and he joined his wife at an antenatal class.
Nicholas Davies, in his biography William, King For The 21st Century, highlighted the heir to the throne's "new dad" role when his first son was born.
"The Prince took great delight in changing nappies and bathing his tiny son."
Becoming a grandfather has also focused Charles's determination to protect the environment for the next generation.
"I don't want to be confronted by my future grandchildren and have them say 'Why didn't you do something?'," he said last year.