AT a time when most are considering retirement, Prince Charles, 63, raises over a quarter of a billion dollars for charity annually.
That's right, not million, a billion.
This year has been a royal year indeed.
Even with the central events of the Diamond Jubilee behind us, the excitement continues.
The impending visit of the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is not only an integral part of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but also an important opportunity for Australians - particularly the young - to connect with their future king.
Australians should expect to see more and more of Prince Charles.
As is befitting for a lady of her age, Her Majesty will likely delegate an increasing number of her duties to her son and grandchildren.
And that is no bad thing, providing excellent training to the future heirs to the throne, while increasing the presence of the royal family in Australia.
Prince Charles has a special affinity with Australia and Australians. He was schooled at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School and has made numerous visits.
The prince's visit coincides with a quasi rebranding of the Australian Republican Movement - a desperate attempt at keeping a dead issue alive.