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Prince Charles guest-edits royal edition of Country Life

Prince Charles has been a guest editor of Country Life Magazine to be published on 13 November.

Prince Charles has been a guest editor of Country Life Magazine to be published on 13 November.

In his 65 years, The Prince of Wales has really ‘done and seen it all.’ So for his 65th birthday, what could he possibly give a go at next? Prince Charles decided to try his hand at magazine editor before his 65th birthday.

The cover of Country Life Magazine next week will show Charles photographed in the garden of Birkhall, his Scottish home.

Next week’s issue was eight months in the making. “The prince has overseen the content of this special issue, from selecting contributors and suggesting features to writing the leader and contributing to reader favourites,“ Editor of Country Life, Mark Hedges stated.

Charles, who has feelings on a host of issues, was allowed to cover any topic he so chose in the 116 year old magazine. The topics range from books to countryside charities. The publication will also feature a piece on his home in Wales.

The Prince also chose his top 10 “countryside champions” as they are titled in the publication, and he appointed an architect from his Foundation for Building Community to create a scheme for practical rural homes.

“The commemorative edition is a unique record of The Prince’s love of the countryside and his commitment to preserving its way of life,” commented Hedges.

The Prince’s friend and well known television gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, was invited to contribute an article about his gardens. In this special edition of the magazine, the editorial team has covered Charles’ rural community work, highlighting the vast knowledge and passion he has for the countryside and sustainable farming.

The royal edition of Country Life is “a present to share with the entire nation,” in Hedges opinion.

The editorship of Country Life magazine is Prince Charles’ first time editing a print magazine. He was a guest editor for the BBC programme, Countryfile, earlier this year in honour of its 25th anniversary. Country Life’s royal edition will go on sale on 13 November.

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