Britain's Prince Charles surprised his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with an unusual gift on her 60th birthday - two sheep, the Daily Mail has reported.

Camilla is delighted with the rare breed ram and ewe, which cost the heir to the throne around £300 ($701) each, according to the paper, which headlined its story "Happy birthday to ewe!''

"The royal family have so much already that they don't actually give wildly extravagant presents,'' said an unnamed friend of Camilla, quoted by the paper.

"Their gifts tend to be more thoughtful - although some may view them as a little bit crazy.



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"Camilla is, in fact, absolutely chuffed to bits.''

Charles has already spent £10,000 on two rare fell ponies for Camilla to ride at their Scottish home, the Mail added.

Despite some hostility when she married Charles in 2005, a poll published on her birthday Tuesday showed that 28 percent of Britons were now in favour of Camilla becoming queen when her husband succeeds Queen Elizabeth II.

Her image was tarnished when Charles's ex wife, the late princess Diana, said "there were three of us in this marriage'' in 1995 before the couple divorced a year later.