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Camilla reveals Prince Charles' secret hobby that keeps him fit at 73

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Melanie Macleod
Melanie MacleodWellness Editor
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Prince Charles is rarely seen without a smile on his face, and in a new interview his wife, Duchess Camilla revealed what keeps the future king happy.

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As part of her guest editorship of Country Life, to mark her 75th birthday, Duchess Camilla shared that Prince Charles is a "countryman to his very core" and that in the countryside is where he finds "true peace."

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Camilla went on to detail Charles' most-loved country pursuit, explaining: "Whether he's hedge-laying in the pouring rain, striding, like a mountain goat, up impossibly steep Highland hills, planting trees in the arboretum or pruning at Highgrove, this is where he finds true peace."

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It's the Prince of Wales' passion for hiking in the highland that's likely responsible for his enduring health.

There are many benefits to walking, including helping to maintain a healthy weight, strengthening the bones and muscles and improving muscle endurance.

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Prince Charles always seems upbeat

Walking can also prevent or manage health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

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Camilla spoke about her husband's love of walking on BBC Radio 5's The Emma Barnett Show in June 2020, saying of Charles: "He is probably the fittest man of his age I know."

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Prince Charles has long loved hiking

Divulging some of her husband's biggest exercise secrets, Camilla continued: "He'll walk and walk and walk. He's like a mountain goat, he leaves everybody miles behind."

Other than a couple of brushes with Covid, Prince Charles is known for being in good health – perhaps credit to his love of the great outdoors.

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