Prince Charles was all smiles when he opened a new garden at Kemble railway station in Gloucestershire, England, on Thursday, July 25, just three days after the birth of his first grandson, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Speaking with well-wishers at the event about Kate Middleton and Prince William's new little bundle of the joy, the proud grandfather seemed especially keen to interact with the kids in attendance.
"I was asking him about the baby, and he said it was great meeting him at the hospital," 9-year-old local George Austin said (via the Daily Mail). "He said it was really fun being a grandfather."
"I was really hoping the baby would be called George," the youngster added. "It is a great name."
Charles also received congratulations from two brothers, 4-year-old Oliver Horne and 22-month-old Daniel Horne, who presented the Prince with a handwritten card. "Oliver said to him, 'Congratulations on being a granddad," the boys' mother, Nicola Horne, noted. "Prince Charles said, 'Thank you.' I think he was really touched."
"It was great for the boys to meet him," she gushed. "They love the new baby and were so excited to see him on the television." (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge debuted their newborn son outside St. Mary's Hospital on Tuesday, July 23.)
Prince Charles previously expressed his excitement over his grandson shortly after the baby's birth on July 22. "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," said Charles, who is first in line to the British throne. "It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy."
"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months," he continued, "so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time."