Prince Charles just marked his name, in the history of British Royal Family, with authority.
On Sunday, he touched a personal landmark milestone of becoming the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history, with 59 years, one month and 15 days on the job.
Charles, 68, was officially proclaimed as the Prince of Wales by his mother Queen Elizabeth in 1969. The ceremony took place at Caernarfon Castle when he was 20 years old. The record was previously held by his ancestor, Edward VII. Edward VII was the son of another long-reigning monarch — Queen Victoria — who became King on January 22, 1901.
Both these men were able to reach this landmark due to similar circumstances. Edward VII and Charles, are, both the eldest sons of queens who were destined to reign for a very long time. Edward VII’s mother, Queen Victoria, was until recently, the longest-reigning British monarch having led the throne for with 63 years and 216 days. That record is now held by Queen Elizabeth II, who set the new record on September 9, 2015.
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The Queen’s record reign and age — she is 91 and won’t abdicate in near future — mean Charles will become Britain’s oldest king. Four years ago, he aged past the previous holder of the said title, William IV, who became king in 1830 at the age of 64 years, 10 months and five days.
Prince Charles is also the longest-serving heir to the throne.
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Charles is already the longest-serving heir to the throne. He took that position when he was just three years old when his mother Elizabeth ascended to the throne.
Royal grandfather Charles is the 21st Prince of Wales. Although the usual convention is that the title is given to the oldest son of the monarch, it is not automatic at the time of transition from one reign to another. Instead, the title must be created each time by the reigning King or Queen.
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The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, spend a week carrying out visits every summer. They explore business, farming, cultural and heritage interests, as well as conducting other visits around Wales throughout the year.