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Charles to celebrate his 60th birthday on TV

world Updated: Jul 07, 2008 12:03 IST

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Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, is to celebrate his 60th birthday later this year with a massive concert on television.

The Prince of Wales, who will turn 60 on November 14, has agreed to take part in an Independent Television special for the occasion, leading British tabloid 'The Sun' reported in London on Monday.

"It's early days, but Prince Charles will join us for his birthday. We are still discussing the details, but it is likely the event will be studio-based with lots of Prince Charles' favourite acts, instead of a big concert outdoors," an ITV source was quoted as saying.

Charles struck up a good relationship with ITV after the channel broadcast The Prince's Trust 30th birthday concert in the year 2006.

In fact, his charity's anniversary was celebrated with a huge concert at the Tower of London, alongside a live show where Charles and his sons, Princes William and Harry, were also interviewed.

Prince Charles famously considers The Three Degrees his favourite pop act.

"You never know we might have to get Sheila Ferguson and the Three Degrees out of retirement. It's a great honour for ITV to cultivate this relationship with Prince Charles," the unnamed source said.

Although it is still four months away, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, is working on a piece to be performed on the big day. "I did ask if the Prince would like to perform in it, but he joked that he gave up the cello when he joined the Navy."