prince charles 64th birthday new zealand hobbit dwarf gi Prince Charles celebrates his 64th birthday, meets a dwarf from 'The Hobbit'

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, celebrated his 64th birthday in New Zealand on Wednesday (Nov. 14). In addition to a birthday party, His Royal Highness also got to meet a dwarf from “The Hobbit.”

Sounds like a pretty good birthday.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have been touring New Zealand and Australia officially over the past several days. The birthday party, described in the Royal’s official travel blog, was merely a highlight.

Celebrated as an official event, Charles’ party included 64 guests — New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 101 who share the Prince’s Nov. 14 birthday — 64 cakes, and the playing of the Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four.”

On that same day, Charles and Camilla took a tour of the Wellington-area studio responsible for much of the costuming and makeup for “The Lord of the Rings” movies. The prince got a sneak preview of “Hobbit” costumes and props from the Peter Jackson movie before the big surprise came: Mark Hadlow, who plays the dwarf Dori in “The Hobbit” was on hand to honor the prince. Apparently, Hadlow — in full costume and make-up — knelt before Prince Charles and was “for you to command as you see fit, your servant, Dori.”

Charles’ response? “This is the best birthday present I’ve had for a long time.”

Posted by:Laurel Brown