Who was the first Prince of Wales

Prince Charles - The Eternal Heir to the Throne

Status: 07.05.2019 3:30 p.m.

Charles is a nature lover, advocates organic farming and puts his views into practice at his country estate Highgrove in Gloucestershire: Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales. With his pleading for sustainability in the economy, organic food and climate protection - whether in his books or handwritten notes to the government - he regularly offends.

In a country in which the green movement plays almost no political role, he represents marginal positions with which his British compatriots keep strangling. "There is no politician I know who speaks openly about certain things. That really sets him apart," says aristocratic expert Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert about the British heir to the throne. "And someone speaks who understands something about it. Someone who also gets his own fingers dirty," he explains. In addition to his official duties, Charles is involved in numerous charitable initiatives and organizations.

Childhood and Education of the Prince of Wales

Smiles for the family album: Charles, Elizabeth and Anne.

Charles was born in London on November 14, 1948. With the official appointment of his mother Queen Elizabeth II as heir to the throne in 1952, the prince is named heir to the British throne. Since then he has been waiting for royal ordinations. Charles spends his time sensibly: at the end of the 1960s he studied archeology, history and anthropology at Cambridge. He then completed military training with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. In 1976 he quit active service in the army. Nevertheless, in June 2012 he was promoted by his mother - Field Marshal of the Army, Fleet Admiral and General of the Royal Air Force. This makes Charles one of the few royals who are five-star officers.

Marital crisis in the Windsor house

In the meantime, the prince, who lives in St James's Palace in London, enjoys a high reputation among his British compatriots again. But his life has been overshadowed by scandals time and again in the past. Everything starts so promisingly: In July 1981 an audience of millions on television followed his dream wedding with the former kindergarten teacher Lady Diana Spencer in London's St Paul's Cathedral. This marriage resulted in two sons, Princes William (born 1982) and Harry (born 1984).

But in the marriage, so celebrated by the people, the crisis soon begins, because the Crown Prince continues to keep in touch with his ex-lover Camilla Parker Bowles. In public, Charles always speaks of a "purely friendly relationship", but when tape recordings appear in which he confesses that he would like to be Camilla's "tampon", his image is battered. Many Britons cannot understand why he prefers the "Rottweiler" - as Camilla is maliciously called in the press - to the popular Diana. It takes Charles years to recover from this public blow. From 1987 the former dream couple Charles and Diana only met for social occasions. They finally divorced in August 1996. A year later, on August 31, 1997, Lady Diana and her partner Dody Al-Fayed died in a tragic car accident in Paris.

New luck with Camilla Parker Bowles

As tragic as it is: Diana's death clears the way for Charles to legitimize the ongoing relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles. The Queen, who has long had a rather distant relationship with Camilla, gives the couple her blessing. And the people were in a mild mood when Camilla and Charles said yes on April 9, 2005 in Windsor. Out of respect for Diana, Camilla does not use the title "Princess of Wales" and calls herself the "Duchess of Cornwall". Prince Charles also declares that Camilla will not bear the title of "Queen" in the event of his succession to the throne. You will be satisfied with the address "Princess Wife".

Charles doesn't always stick to protocol

Prince Charles is characterized by his unadjusted manner. Not only because he takes a clear position on political issues. Even when it comes to private matters, he sometimes violates the Windsor Code of Conduct. This happened in the case of an interview with the BBC journalist Jonathan Dimbleby, in which he not only made his infidelity towards his still-wife Diana public, but also made personal letters and other documents available. "Something like that shouldn't really happen in royal houses, such publications usually only happen when the person in question is dead," explains Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert in an interview. "But Prince Charles said: Here you go, I'll put the cards on the table." He accepted the fact that unpleasant remarks about his parents would also reach the public and that he offended them. His maladjusted manner is sometimes evident in other respects as well. "He is not necessarily aware of the protocol," says Seelmann-Eggebert about his encounters with the prince. When Charles and the journalist meet for the first time, he greets him loosely, almost amicably.

What kind of king will Charles be?


Surname: Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor
Title: Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall
Birthday: November 14, 1948
Place of birth: London
Wives: Diana (1981 to 1996), Camilla (since 2005)
Children: Prince William, Prince Harry
Star sign: Scorpio
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Again and again there was speculation about when the Queen would abdicate and whether Charles would renounce his claim to the throne so that William would become the next king. A close confidante of Charles even revealed in the US magazine "Time" that the prince was not in the mood for the crown. But the British royal family does not abdicate, the crown is passed on with a "cold hand". In any case, Charles should be well prepared to take the throne one day.

But what would Charles be like as a king? According to Seelmann-Eggebert, this is actually the most exciting question. Because while Queen Elizabeth II is famous for her discreet, subtle manner, Charles is loved by his supporters precisely for the fact that he expresses his opinion quite openly - even if it is not always politically correct. "It is possible that he himself is not yet clear about how he can behave at all when he is wearing the crown," explains the aristocracy expert. If he is reluctant, those who love him for his openness will be amazed. And if he continues to express himself openly, predicts Seelmann-Eggebert, all current members of the royal staff would ask themselves: "For God's sake, what do we do with a king who is so open to opinion?" Until then, Prince Charles will take on more and more representative tasks from his mother Elizabeth. Long trips to remote countries are on the roster of the heir to the throne.

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