Prince Charles is getting ready to become the next reigning monarch. Experts say that 2018 marked his busiest year out of the many he has spent as a working royal.
The heir to the British throne turned 70 last year.
However, he looks more active than ever as he prepares to take the place of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. Increased public duties and a higher profile is seen as vital steps to prepare the nation for a change at the very top of the monarchy. The Queen has been slowly handing over responsibilities to other royals.
And the Prince of Wales seems to have willingly picked up most of them.
Despite having reached and surpassed the usual retirement age of 65, Charles carried out 507 engagements out of the 3,900 scheduled for members of the British royal family last year. This result was recently declared by the official list of royal duties, also known as Court Circular.
The Duke of Cambridge, William, who is second-in-line to the throne, only managed half of that. Although, that was a huge increase over 2017. Charlie Proctor, a royal commentator, highlighted how the Duke of Cambridge, William is preparing to become the Prince of Wales.
He told, Daily Star Online:-
“Year on year, Prince William has been taking on more and more public duties. In the year, 2013, he carried out just 62 engagements. Compare that to 2018, he conducted around 220 engagements which is a significant rise. The increase in these engagements shows that William is preparing for the day when he become Prince of Wales, and eventually the King”.
“Although, he has a young family.And, he will obviously want to spend some quality time with them. He needs to find the right work/family life balance. However, his private life did interfere with his work, when his wife, Kate Middleton gave birth to their third child, Prince Louis”.
And so, this led William and Kate to take some time off to enjoy the first months of their newborn.
However, the Duke of Cambridge, William came eight in the ranking showing the total number of engagements carried out by the members of the British royal family in 2018. Notably, he was preceded by the Her Majesty’s four children.
Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and the monarch herself who is 92 years-old, still undertook 293 royal duties, 10 more than in 2017. She was followed by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and the Duke of Gloucester.