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Prince Charles becomes the longest-serving Prince

Published on September 12, 2017
Charles, the heir to Britain's throne became the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history.
He broke the record of Queen's Victoria's oldest son Albert. He is 68-year-old.

PRINCE CHARLES
Background

  • He broke the record of Queen's Victoria's oldest son Albert, who went on to become King Edward VII after holding the title of Prince of Wales for more than 59 years before becoming monarch. 
  • Albert Edward was created Prince of Wales on December 8, 1841
  • Albert was made Prince of Wales when he was barely a month old.
  • Prince Charles was not given the title until July 1958, when he was nine. It has taken until now for him to overtake his great-great-grandfather.
  • Prince Charles is the 21st Prince of Wales in the current line. 
  • The Prince of Wales is historically the title bestowed upon the heir to Britain's throne.

Who is Prince of Whales?

  • The Prince of Wales is the heir apparent of the monarch of the United Kingdom. No formal public role or responsibility has been legislated by Parliament or otherwise delegated to him by law or custom, either as heir apparent or as Prince of Wales.
  • The current Prince now often assists the Queen in the performance of her duties, for example, representing the Queen when welcoming dignitaries to London and attending State dinners during State visits. He has also represented the Queen and the United Kingdom overseas at state and ceremonial occasions such as state funerals
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