Nov 14 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
THE Prince of Wales may be getting older and losing his hair as Paul McCartney famously sang, but turning 64 today left the royal in good spirits.
To the strains of the Beatles tune When I’m Sixty-Four the Prince cut his birthday cake – one of 64 waiting to be eaten – and danced to the song.
Charles celebrated his milestone with the Duchess of Cornwall in New Zealand, the final stop of their Pacific tour to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which has already taken them to Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The Prince was joined by 64 Kiwis, aged from 18 to 101 who were also born on November 14, and Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, 58, and Bronagh Key, 49, wife of the Prime Minister John Key, who also share their birthday with Charles.
The royal birthday party was staged at Government House and the Prince and Sir Jerry were ushered over to a table covered with the 64 cakes – each decorated with New Zealand symbols.
The two men each cut a cake as the Central Band of the New Zealand Airforce began playing When I’m Sixty-Four.
Charles got an unusual birthday present when he travelled to the Wellington suburb of Miramar, which has been dubbed “Wellywood'' because of the movie-making companies in the area.
The Prince was given a sneak preview of costumes and props from the new blockbuster by Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson who is bringing The Hobbit, another classic children’s story by JRR Tolkien, to the silver screen.
A dwarf from the movie, played by actor Mark Hadlow, offered his sword and service to the royal, much to his amazement.
Speaking about making the movie the actor said: “It was fantastic, we were filming for 18 months and the whole thing was an extraordinary experience.
“It was like being back at boarding school. We were the naughty dwarves and only Peter Jackson could keep us in check and eventually he joined in.”
The royal was shown weapons and costumes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part in a trilogy which receives its world premiere at the end of the month in Wellington. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend its first screening in London.