Prince Charles has been the apparent heir since 1952, when his mother ascended to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II. However, he had to wait six years to receive the title of Prince of Wales, and it was not until much later that he was officially invested.
Why did Charles have to wait to become Prince of Wales?
Although Prince of Wales is a title used by the deemed heir, it is not automatically received at birth.
The title of Prince of Wales, unlike the hereditary titles of prince and princess, must be bestowed by the monarch.
The use of the title Prince of Wales dates back to the 14th century, when in 1301 King Edward bestowed the title on his son, the later Edward II, after his conquest of Wales.
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The investiture ceremony was televised, and Charles promised: “I, Charles, Prince of Wales, I become your liege man of life and member and earthly worship, of faith and of truth, I will bear you to live and die against all kinds of people. . ”
Charles’ inauguration is recreated in the third series of Netflix’s royal drama, The Crown.
As the Crown version suggests, Charles gave part of his inaugural address in Welsh for the occasion.
Charles also studied for a period in Aberystwyth, and his inauguration took place at a time when the Welsh nationalist movement was rising in Wales.